Help Restore a Mother?#39;s Smile: For Mary Teske

For: Mary Teske
Organizer: Jessie Teske
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 109 donors
38% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On Thursday October 10, 2013, my beautiful sister Mary was brutally beaten by the father of her children, Kane. Kane was a recovering meth addict, celebrating almost two years of sobriety. A few weeks before the attack, Kane began to show signs of drug use. Mary separated from him and made it clear that she was establishing a new life without him. Soon after, he began to threaten her. Mary quit staying at her home, fearing what Kane might do. She and the children stayed with friends, instead, only returning home for clean clothes.

On the morning of October 10th, Mary dropped her son off at school, excited to have a few days off from work. Mary drove to her empty house to grab clean clothes for her and the children, not knowing that Kane had broken into her home and was hiding inside, just waiting for her to return. Unsuspectingly, she unlocked the door and entered the dark house. She was confronted by Kane, who began to beat her brutally, breaking her nose and sinus cavities on the first blow. She managed to break free and ran from the house screaming for help. Kane chased her down, caught her and dragged her by the hair back into the house, where he continued to beat her. By the grace of God, a retired man driving by saw her bloodied face and heard her cries for help. He dialed 911, and police arrived on scene minutes later, saving her life. 

Mary suffered a severe concussion, and several broken bones in her face, including eye sockets, nose, and sinus cavities. Her upper jaw is misaligned, making it difficult for her to eat. Miraculously, she suffered no permanent brain damage, but the broken bones in her face are displaced, requiring costly reconstructive surgery to put them back where they belong. Her nose will have to be entirely rebuilt with support pieces, and will likely require multiple surgeries. 

As a single working mother of three, Mary proudly supported herself and her children. She had recently purchased her first home, and she and her children loved their new place in the country!

In light of this horrific incident, Mary is facing many weeks off work and lost income. Not only that, but she will likely have tremendous medical expenses associated with her reconstructive surgeries. All funds raised will be used for medical expenses not covered by her insurance, and to aid with income loss while she recovers.

Please consider donating to this very worthy cause, to support Mary along her journey towards recovery! Donations of any size are greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance, and God bless!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Jessie Teske
Mary is out of surgery, and it went well! She is in recovery now, and as one might expect, she is in a great deal of pain. I am hoping and praying for relief for her, but they can't give her much more or it will sedate her. Very grateful for a successful, uncomplicated surgery, however! Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers!!!

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Jessie Teske
Mary is at the hospital now, waiting to have her first reconstructive surgery. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers today! I will post another update after surgery is complete. Pray for a good outcome, a fast recovery, and that Mary's beautiful face will be restored! 

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Jessie Teske
Mary's surgery has been postponed until tomorrow. There were insurance issues, but we have straightened those out, and found a surgeon who participates with her plan. Thank you all for your continued support, prayers, and love! 

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Jessie Teske
On behalf of Mary and the entire Teske family, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of compassion, generosity, encouragement, and prayers! We are overwhelmed by the goodness of our family, friends, and community, who have rallied together to support us during this difficult time! I believe we are well on our way to a successful fundraiser for Mary, and I cannot thank you all enough!

To update all who are interested in Mary's condition: She is scheduled for her first reconstructive surgery tomorrow. We will update you all after surgery is complete. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow, praying for a quick recovery for Mary, strength for our family, and wisdom for the surgeons operating on her. 

Again I want to thank everyone who has supported us during this time, and say how much each of your messages of compassion and encouragement mean to us. We try to personally answer as many messages as possible, but please know each one is sincerely appreciated! 

Posted on October 12, 2013 by Jessie Teske
Mary is resting at home, as comfortably as possible. She and her three children are being cared for by her family, and many wonderful friends!
Today, she is finally up and walking around a little bit, eating and talking as her pain level allows. She is still very weak, and gets dizzy frequently, due to the concussion. She is scheduled to undergo the first of multiple reconstructive surgeries on Tuesday. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!
Will update on how she's doing frequently, and the outcome of the surgery! Thank you, thank you for your support!!

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