Help Audrey Overcome Her Traumatic Brain Injury

For: Audrey Ogan
Organizer: Emily Roper
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The Story

On March 25th Audrey Ogan suffered a traumatic brain injuring while caring for her pony Charlie. After the morning session of Pony Camp, Audrey assisted in putting the ponies back in their runs. Upon completing this task, Audrey returned to visit Charlie who was resting in his run. Audrey’s contact with Charlie startled him triggering a natural “flight” reflex inadvertently knocking Audrey to the ground and stepping on her head.

Audrey received immediate medical attention from her mother Berni Ogan as well as the Pony Camp staff. Springfield Fire and Life Safety was dispatched and transported her to Riverbend Medical Center. Upon evaluation of Audrey’s injuries it was determined that she needed advanced medical care and was taken by LifeFlight to Emanuel Children’s Hospital in Portland.

Upon arriving at Emmanuel Audrey was taken to surgery to stabilize her multiple skull fractures and further evaluate the significance of her injuries. After surgery Audrey was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she has received exceptional care and has made tremendous progress with hopes to continue her treatment at home soon. Each day is a new journey as the injury continues to define itself.

Audrey is an advanced equestrian, she is a 16 time National Congress Champion as well as a highly accomplished POA show circuit participant. She is a very conscientious and technical rider who you will never find on the back of a pony without a riding helmet.

Audrey’s parents are James and Berni Ogan and their family owns and runs Pacific Equestrian Center. Berni herself is also an accomplished equestrian and is a personal instructor teaching both basic and advanced riding fundamentals. Pacific Equestrian Center prides itself on its family atmosphere and its dedication to rider education and safety.

The Ogan family would like to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love and support in Audrey’s time of need, it has truly been a blessing. We hope this information provides peace of mind to the cause of her accident. The family will not be able to respond to requests for further details or updates as the primary focus is on the care and well-being of Audrey. They are grateful for all of the support and humbled by the love and generosity of the community.

If you would like to assist the Ogan family on the road to Audrey’s recovery you may do so by thought, prayer, or financial assistance. The Ogan family does have medical insurance but it will not cover the large financial burden that will come with Audrey’s long journey through recovery.

 

 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 6, 2014 by Emily Roper

Update from James Ogan (Audrey's dad)

Wow, what a week! People that know me, know that I am not much for words. I believe that actions speak louder than words. I try to live my life by the rules of kindergarten: say please and thank you, if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all, share, and Ethan’s favorite “ you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit”.
People often offer to lend a hand around the barn and I often will thank them and say ok, but I seldom ever accept the offer. The reason is twofold. One is, I am particular with the way I like things done. The other is I feel obligated to return the favor in the future. However, with the lifestyle my family leads, I know that I will not have any “free time” to return the favor.
Last week Berni and I walked away from our everyday life to care for Audrey. Nothing coordinated, no plans in place, we just up and left. The only concern we had for eight long days was for our dear, sweet, Audrey. As all of you know, we were blessed by the grace of God, and returned with the girl that we all know and love. The road to a full recovery will be a long and bumpy one, but that is a journey that I will be happy to go on.
Upon our arrival home, everything seemed just as we had left. People were riding in the arena, lessons were being given. The chickens were happy and the cats and goats waiting for their food, but there were a few changes. Audrey now had a bedroom downstairs, and the house was cleaned up. There was one item that had not changed and that was the side porch. That hit me like a brick to see Tuesday’s Pony Camp art project. It instantly sobered the joy that I had in bringing Audrey home. It made me think how close we came to losing one of the best things in my life. As I stood there staring at the mural my thoughts changed from the sadness of that day to the blessing that my family has. I knew that my family had a close bond. What I didn’t fully realize is exactly how big my family was.
If you read the definition of family in the dictionary you will find that the definition explains a kinship defined by blood relation. Unfortunately it was the blood of my little girl that defined my family to me. My family consists not only of my wife, children, mother, father and brothers and sisters. But it also consists of the many people that my family has come in contact with over the last number of years. I did not realize how many people have touched my life. Berni and I were in the ICU one night hoping and praying for Audrey when she showed me the youcaring site. I could only start reading the explanation for the fundraiser before my eyes were filled with tears. It was that moment when I realized how many people were in my family. I saw that there were already one hundred people that had contributed to the fundraiser. It wasn’t until the next day could I bring myself to read the rest of the comments that people posted.
I am a proud person who always believed that I would be able to provide for my family. In this hardship I have come to realize that there are some things that I need help with. All the financial donations are appreciated. The prayers for my family are greatly appreciated. I will never be able to repay all of you for your support. We know that we are just beginning the journey to Audrey’s recovery. We will have moments of up’s and down’s. But the most important thing is that I still have my daughter, and that I have a new understanding of my family.
This is where I will have to go back to what I learned in kindergarten.
THANK YOU
James Ogan


Posted on April 3, 2014 by Emily Roper

Update from Berni:

Miracle of all miracles, not only did we get to come home from Randall's Children Hospital yesterday, but my daughter WALKED (really, almost strutted) UNASSISTED out of the front doors!

Audrey is such a strong girl. She has grit and determination, as well as a good work ethic and personal drive. Because of those personal characteristics I am confident she will continue to push through any obstacle she comes up against in her recovery.

Thank you so very much for all of your prayers, love, support, help and personal stories that offer encouragement and hope! I am a believer in God and his forgiveness and mercy. However, I struggle with my personal relationship with God -- so I wouldn't consider myself to be a strong Christian or "Religious". Because of all your prayers, I felt the hand of God in the hospital. In our darkest hours, not knowing whether or not Audrey would even make it, and if she did to what extent she would recover, His presence was in the room. God put on my heart scripture that I haven't heard of or thought of since I was a little girl. Granted, I had to Google the exact texts and what the versus were.

On our way home, James shared with me a quote that came to him while in the hospital. (I am crying as I type this) "You are a great champion.
When you ran, the ground shook.The sky opened, and mere mortals parted. Parted the way to victory, where you'll meet me in the winner's circle - and I'll put a blanket of flowers on your back. " -- from Dreamer the Movie

I do believe each of us has a purpose in this life. God must have big plans for this girl. We will continue to need your prayers throughout recovery. Audrey has been very emotional (as should be expected). She cannot quite fathom the activity restrictions she has placed upon her for her safety. She is an independent and self sufficient girl -- so having to depend upon others is hard. She also cannot believe that she will most likely be restricted from riding her beloved pony, Charlie, for at least 6 months. It seems trivial through all of this, but it is a big deal to a girl who rides a couple of hours a day each day. Charlie is really her best friend and partner. Audrey also does have a real understanding that she could have died. She has been so thoughtful, even when she couldn't speak much, or stay awake for longer than 10 minutes at a time. Any time we would show her something someone had brought for her, or recount how people had or were helping her, she would say, "That is so nice.", or, "I will have to tell them thank you." or "I will have to give them a big hug."

Audrey is such an amazing human being at only 10 years old. She is my inspiration!

We are very happy to be home with our family together, all under one roof. Thank you Jesus! I can NEVER thank you all enough.


Posted on April 3, 2014 by Emily Roper

UPDATE (1:00 p.m. Wednesday April 2) from Uncle John: 

Fantastic news! After 8 days at Emanuel Hospital Audrey was discharged this afternoon!  She walked out on her own two feet and is on her way home as I write.  Berni will provide an update later today or perhaps tomorrow after they all settle in back at home, but she asked that I let you all share the excitement and relief with all of you right away.  Audrey will be doing some therapy work to continue her recovery, but we know she will continue to grow stronger every day.  We want to thank Emily Roper for starting this drive all on her own.  Thank you Emily!!  It is going to really help.  And everybody that enlisted in Audrey’s Army offering prayers and cards and positive thoughts and contributions were a pillar of support and comfort to Berni, James an Audrey.  Thank you all so very much. That’s all from me and for now.  Berni may share more here and/or on her FB later today once settled. It would be great if you could take just a few moments to pause what you’re are doing, and savor this good news with the family as it is happening right now. Again, and again, thank you all so very much!


Posted on March 31, 2014 by Emily Roper
Updates from Berni:

3/30 9:30pm: Thank you Jesus.. My girl is improving! She is excited about the prospect of getting a puppy...but, she doesn't know what kind she wants. We went to the "Teen Lounge" to use the computer to try and look for puppies for sale. The bright screen was a little overwhelming so we kept our search short. We hung out on the couch and chatted. We told her that Uncle Carl may go to her school and clarify to the school and kids what happened to her. We told her a rumor that Carl had heard about how Audrey sneaked her pony out and tried riding him standing up and he bucked her off. She busted up laughing because it was ridiculous on so many levels. Then I told her about how Lilly, our now 40 year old pony, hurt me a few years ago and landed me in the ER. She thought that was hilarious and cracked up. We talked about how thirsty she was in the ICU and how she threatened to get up and go get water. James recounted about how one time she couldn't think of the word drinking fountain and called it an actor. More laughter all around. When we got back to the room she started pushing buttons on her bed. She said, "I'm just pushing buttons because I'm bored. I'm not going to be sad that my bed at home does not have buttons." OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS KID

3/31 8:30 am: Audrey is excitedly awaiting visits from Megan , Emily , Terri and Diana ! She told me that she wants Megan to stay here for the day in her place so she could get the heck out of here. She walked even better on her own to the bathroom (but I've become a helicopter parent on steroids because I don't want her to fall). Her left arm is getting much stronger! Now to get the skinny girl EATING!

3/31 2:30 pm: Ok.. Let me tell you this has been one this has been one hell of a rollercoaster that I did not sign up for! But, God is so good. We don't have a set timeline yet, but it is POSSIBLE we may be packing to go home mid week! I grew up believing in God and His goodness, but have always (and know I still will because it is my nature) struggled to have a relationship and faith that God is truly in control. I know in my darkest hours God was there for me and my family! I still cannot wrap my brain around all of the prayer, support, help and selflessness people have shown. Just less than a week ago no one could tell me if my beautiful girl would live. Now we are confident that she will walk out of this hospital and come home! I know I don't deserve God's faithfulness. It truly has been amazing that I could literally step out of my life in an instant, and people stepped up to make sure everything continued to run. There is no way, and will be no way that I can thank EVERYONE. We will not be back to 100% overnight, but we will be working hard (with God's help) to achieve it. I still owe 9 cuties 2 1/2 days of horse camp!

Posted on March 30, 2014 by Emily Roper
Update from Berni:

Puppy... What puppy? My family would NEVER break rules and sneak a puppy into visit! Audrey was very interactive with her lil siblings today. She seemed happy to see them. They were happy to see her, although a little concerned about the 30 staples in her scalp. After we took a lunch break, we came up to find her taking a stroll around the floor in a wheelchair. She and James decided the carpet was a lot bumpier than it looks. As Uncle Rob and Aunt 
Becky were preparing to leave with Ethan and Olivia, Bubby, Papa, Aunt Staci , Uncle Richey and Heather Hough came with a little surprise visitor, Oliver. She was happy to pet and hold him. We talked about the possibly of getting her a puppy. She lit up the room with her smile. I told her she would have to get well enough to help me take it out to go potty. She said, "I'll have to teach this arm to work." James and Audrey and her nurse came up with some goals for her to meet (getting up, eating more) all as steps toward being ready to go home.

Posted on March 30, 2014 by Emily Roper
Audrey had a fairly good night. After eating salad and drinking milk she slept pretty well. She continues to need some morphine on occasion because as her pain medication starts wearing off she starts to hit a wall of pain. Her blood sodium levels have dropped some so she is on a maintenance IV. She's moving her left arm more and more, baby steps -- but we're noticing. The weakness on the left side of her face is slowly fading. They will be deciding on whether or not she will need outpatient or inpatient rehab. When the mention of inpatient came up I felt sick to my stomach (literally) as the mention of weeks came up. I honestly believe we will get orders for outpatient. Although we want what is best for her, I think she will heal more quickly at home with her goats, chickens, horses, soon to be pigs etc. Audrey doesn't know how to be stuck inside. My thought is that with a reason to use her left arm, or work on her speech etc. she will perform better. James even told me (don't tell her yet) that we could get her a puppy if she so desired. Rhea Turner-Craddock has graciously said she can continue Audrey's miniature horse's driving training so he won't be as much of a work on progress when Audrey can take the reins. Sky Moskowitz has taken the job of maintaining Charlie so after Audrey is safe to ride he'll be ready. She has asked who all has come to visit her. She knows she has a ton of people rooting for her. Today is going to be a great day-- she started it off with a chocolate donut.

Posted on March 30, 2014 by Emily Roper
Audrey had a fairly good night. After eating salad and drinking milk she slept pretty well. She continues to need some morphine on occasion because as her pain medication starts wearing off she starts to hit a wall of pain. Her blood sodium levels have dropped some so she is on a maintenance IV. She's moving her left arm more and more, baby steps -- but we're noticing. The weakness on the left side of her face is slowly fading. They will be deciding on whether or not she will need outpatient or inpatient rehab. When the mention of inpatient came up I felt sick to my stomach (literally) as the mention of weeks came up. I honestly believe we will get orders for outpatient. Although we want what is best for her, I think she will heal more quickly at home with her goats, chickens, horses, soon to be pigs etc. Audrey doesn't know how to be stuck inside. My thought is that with a reason to use her left arm, or work on her speech etc. she will perform better. James even told me (don't tell her yet) that we could get her a puppy if she so desired. Rhea Turner-Craddock has graciously said she can continue Audrey's miniature horse's driving training so he won't be as much of a work on progress when Audrey can take the reins. Sky Moskowitz has taken the job of maintaining Charlie so after Audrey is safe to ride he'll be ready. She has asked who all has come to visit her. She knows she has a ton of people rooting for her. Today is going to be a great day-- she started it off with a chocolate donut.

Posted on March 30, 2014 by Emily Roper
UPDATE (9:00 pm Saturday) from Uncle John:
 
Audrey and her family continue to marvel at the love and support pouring in from near and far. Seeing the generosity and love from so many is humbling.
Today Audrey's neurosurgeon leading her treatment spoke with the family and he is pleased with her progress. He continues to be very optimistic regarding the challenges she is having with her left arm and hand. Speech, occupational and physical therapists were back again today for evaluations and treatment plan development. Berni and James will be doing some stimulation exercises with Audrey's arm to "send signals" to her brain to start restoring function. Also some stretching exercises with her hand. We haven't mentioned it before as I recall, but Audrey has a lot of neck pain - she persistently wants ice for it. She also started some exercise for her neck.
One of the issues that the family is working on is Audrey's speech therapy. There is some push for an extended in-patient program but she is "right on the line" for this. Out-patient coupled with home treatment is the other option. Berni, James, and Audrey are researching, talking and deciding what is best for them.
As noted before, recovery from this TBI has been amazingly rapid to date but there is a long road ahead. A slight set-back this evening with Audrey's ability to self regulate sodium, so she will have that supplemented again after being off of it for about 24 hours. Nutrition is also very important now. This challenges Audrey, as she is normally a selective and light eater. It's been tough to make advances here. James is focusing lots of energy on this. It's been pretty much jello until James got her to take some salad. Audrey's eyes brightened when James mentioned pizza a bit ago - he will be getting some of that pepperoni contraband from a place across the parking lot (everybody keep quiet!).
To conclude, the idea is to cruise through the night and tomorrow with same plan as today. There will be a big huddle of the doctors Monday to see what the next week treatment plan looks like. Everybody think hungry thoughts for Audrey so she can start taking positive steps on nutrition. And let's keep sending positive thoughts, prayers, notes, cards, or whatever feels right from Audrey's Army - every well-wish is received and Audrey sharing those with Audrey is a way to both give her power and work her recovery. Thank all of you so much. Check Berni's FB and here for updates

Posted on March 29, 2014 by Emily Roper
I know there has been a lot of speciation about how Audrey got hurt. This explains her situation in more detail.  Thanks again for l your support and prayers! 

On March 25th Audrey Ogan suffered a traumatic brain injuring while caring for her pony Charlie. After the morning session of Pony Camp, Audrey assisted in putting the ponies back in their runs. Upon completing this task, Audrey returned to visit Charlie who was resting in his run. Audrey’s contact with Charlie startled him triggering a natural “flight” reflex inadvertently knocking Audrey to the ground and stepping on her head.

Audrey received immediate medical attention from her mother Berni Ogan as well as the Pony Camp staff. Springfield Fire and Life Safety was dispatched and transported her to Riverbend Medical Center. Upon evaluation of Audrey’s injuries it was determined that she needed advanced medical care and was taken by LifeFlight to Emanuel Children’s Hospital in Portland.

Upon arriving at Emmanuel Audrey was taken to surgery to stabilize her multiple skull fractures and further evaluate the significance of her injuries. After surgery Audrey was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she has received exceptional care and has made tremendous progress with hopes to continue her treatment at home soon. Each day is a new journey as the injury continues to define itself.

Audrey is an advanced equestrian, she is a 16 time National Congress Champion as well as a highly accomplished POA show circuit participant. She is a very conscientious and technical rider who you will never find on the back of a pony without a riding helmet.

Audrey’s parents are James and Berni Ogan and their family owns and runs Pacific Equestrian Center. Berni herself is also an accomplished equestrian and is a personal instructor teaching both basic and advanced riding fundamentals. Pacific Equestrian Center prides itself on its family atmosphere and its dedication to rider education and safety.

The Ogan family would like to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love and support in Audrey’s time of need, it has truly been a blessing. We hope this information provides peace of mind to the cause of her accident. The family will not be able to respond to requests for further details or updates as the primary focus is on the care and well-being of Audrey. They are grateful for all of the support and humbled by the love and generosity of the community.

If you would like to assist the Ogan family on the road to Audrey’s recovery you may do so by thought, prayer, or financial assistance. The Ogan family does have medical insurance but it will not cover the large financial burden that will come with Audrey’s long journey through recovery.

 

Contributions may be made to the following;

  • Northwest Community Credit Union

Deposit to account 5305141177"Donation Acct for Audrey Ogan".

Please make checks payable to Audrey Ogan.

 


Posted on March 28, 2014 by Emily Roper
Updates from Berni today:

9:30 am: Today we are going to encourage Audrey to try and eat. That is hard for a kid who has a minimal appetite normally. At first she said she wasn't interested, but we were able to talk her into trying to eat applesauce (which we are still waiting for as I write this). Uncle John showed her photos from our last "Trout Camp" that Kelly ( Kathy Koster-Smith) brought for her to encourage her to work really hard on her left arm strength. James read and showed her cards from friends, cousins and siblings. She watched a video that Terri and some barn peeps sent her. She is seeing the speech therapist as I'm writing this. OTPT with be in soon.

11:30 am: OTPT just left. Audrey's balance is great, praise God! She is very weak in her left arm. James will be doing exercises with her to help increase her mobility in that arm. She'll wear a resting brace on her hand for part of the day to keep her hand open. Her neck is really bothering her on the right side. She'll be doing some stretches to address that. Our goal is to get her used to sitting up. She is dizzy when she is upright (who wouldn't be with multiple skull fractures). They want her to build up to 20 to 30 minutes at a time. They will also be working her up to walking 50 feet. She's exhausted now and resting. She also is free to drink as much water as she wants!

6:00 pm: Audrey continues to amaze us. She has been walking to and from the bathroom with very little assistance. She has said things about how nice or sweet people are for making her things and being worried about her. The swelling on her face continues to subside. Her left eye is very bloodshot, but her right eye (meaning the right side of her head) and right side of her neck are really hurting her. She has started eating jello and chicken noodle soup little bits at a time. She thanked Uncle John for helping her "so much the last couple of nights." Aunt Holly and Cousin Jadyn came to visit. Audrey smiled a couple of times and thanked Jay for hanging up the cards that people have sent. She is doing amazing. It is very hard to see her in pain and unable to get comfortable without a struggle.

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