SEATTLE RIDE THE DUCK CRASH
Two months later, victim of Ride the Ducks crash struggles with recovery, expenses- Seattle Times
On September 24, 2015, 18-year-old Phuong Dinh snapped photographs from her window seat in a charter bus filled with other North Seattle College students as it motored across the Aurora Bridge.
Hello! My name is Phuong Dinh. I am a victim from the deadly crash on Aurora Bridge. I'm very lucky that i am one of the survivors. Yet, i have to deal with a lot of struggles in recorvering. This fundraiser is to help living expenses of me and my family as recorvering to get back to my normal life.
The left side of body was crushed. I am suffered a broken wrist, arm, hip, knee, and extensive facial lacerations. Now, four surgeries later and almost three months after the crash, i spend my days in a Central District nursing facility in Seattle, slogging toward recovery and worrying about my future.
From The Seattle Time:
"Phuong cried often during her initial weeks in the rehab facility. Now she says she doesn't cry as much because she is getting used to the pain. Phuong's main concern now is learning to walk again. Still unable to bear weight on her left leg, the bones of which are now reinforced with metal rods and screws, she mostly needs to use a wheelchair.
Aside from the continuing health-care costs which will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Phuong's parents have paid their own travel from Vietnam to Seattle, and while they’ve had their lodging covered by the Salvation Army, they worry about the future.
Phuongs’s father, Hiep, who runs a family construction business, remains in Seattle. Her mother, Thao has had to fly back and forth to Vietnam to also care for Phuong's 3 year old sister and 6 year old brother. The little kids are staying with their grandparents and a nanny.
Once Phuong gets out of the nursing home the family will have to figure out how to care for her so that she can attend school. A host family is probably no longer possible due to Phuong's physical disabilities and need for accommodation."Funds raised will go towards basic living and recovery expenses for Phuong and her family. It is managed by Phuong Dinh and her family
A message from Phuong: "Thank you for caring for me and my family. Knowing I have your support means the world to me."