On March 28th, our nanny Caroline Maurer was hit by a car while pushing our toddler in a stroller.
Caroline and our 2-year-old son, Fox, were strolling in the residential neighborhood of Atwater Village, Los Angeles. They were only a block away from our house, crossing at a 4-way stop, when a car ran a stop sign and turned directly into them.
Caroline saw the car coming, and amazingly, had the instinct and quick reflexes to push our son's stroller as hard as she could, to get it out of the way of the oncoming car. She then stuck her arms out, attempting to put her body between the car and our son's stroller.
The car hit Caroline, throwing her a few feet and fracturing bones in her hands, wrists, and arms. Our son was not directly hit, and miraculously escaped with only minor scrapes and bruises. One of the paramedics on the scene told Bill that Caroline had saved Fox's life.
Caroline was in the hospital for 2 1/2 weeks, and in a rehab facility for another 2 months. She has undergone multiple surgeries, but due to the weakness in her hands, wrists, and arms, was not able to begin physical therapy until 3 months after the accident.
Caroline is still in physical therapy, and has been told that due to the severity of the injuries, she may never regain full strength in her hands. She has also continued to struggle with dizziness, and recently underwent an MRI to determine if she sustained head trauma that was overlooked in the initial assessment of her injuries.
Caroline has been unable to work since the accident, and doesn't know when she'll be able to return to work. She is also a student, and has had to put her studies on hold indefinitely.
Caroline is a true hero, and we are forever grateful to her for saving our son's life. We want to help her however we can, and we hope that this fundraiser can help with her medical and life expenses as she continues her recovery.
**A note to folks who have asked about worker's comp -- Although Caroline had nannied for us on and off since Fox was a baby, at the time of the accident she had actually not been working for us for a few months. March 28th was an odd day where we needed help, and ironically, that was the day of the accident.