Help Star Recover from White Supremacist Attack

For: Star Peterson
Charlottesville, VA
Organizer: Lena Seville
Help Star Recover from White Supremacist Attack (Star Peterson)
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Raised by 750 donors

The Story

Please help our friend Star, who was run down by the white supremacist at the rally on August 12 in Charlottesville. She received emergency surgery, spent a day in the Surgical ICU and was then transferred to the Trauma Unit.  Her injuries are so serious that it will be at least a month before she can return home.  However, she is stable and expected to walk again and (hopefully) make a full recovery. However, she needs SIGNIFICANT financial support in order to regain a normal life after this horrific incident.

During her recovery, she won't be able to do her normal job working with children due to the surgeries on her legs (her right leg is currently held together with metal rods and pins).

The next few months will be critical for Star as she heals and undergoes physical and occupational therapy. Any level of support is welcome. All funds will go directly into Star's bank account.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 19, 2018

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Posted on April 19, 2018

Update from Star:

I had to have an emergency surgery on my leg. This was the third surgery on that leg. The metal in my leg was harboring an infection that made me really sick. Because there are not blood vessels on the metal, the oral antibiotics I was taking were not able to treat the infections. The doctor did an emergency wash out surgery to wash the infection off of the metal. He removed one screw at this time, which had a ton of bacteria on it. He could not remo  I had to have an emergency surgery on my leg. This was the third surgery on that leg. The metal in my leg was harboring an infection that made me really sick. Because there are not blood vessels on the metal, the oral antibiotics I was taking were not able to treat the infections. The doctor did an emergency wash out surgery to wash the infection off of the metal. He removed one screw at this time, which had a ton of bacteria on it. He could not remove the other 17 screws and 3 plates because my bone had not grown back enough. After the surgery, I had a picc line installed. It’s an intravenous line that does to a vein just above your heart. It allowed me to give myself IV antibiotics at home for six weeks. I was unable to drive during this time.

On April 9th I had a fourth surgery on my leg. The leg bone has brown back enough that the surgeon could remove all 17 remaining screws and all three plates. During the surgery, the drill bit broke. As a result, three pieces of screw became lodged in my bone. It was too risky to dig them out, so the surgeon left them there.

Yesterday, I went to see my family doctor because the pain medication was not controlling my pain. She took one look at my incisions and said that I either needed to see my surgeon or go straight to the ER. Luckily, I was able to get in to see my surgeon. The surgeon ordered a new X-ray of my leg. Now that the metal is out, we can see a tibia fracture that we weren’t able to see before. The metal in my leg had been preventing the tibia fracture from healing. This fracture was causing a ton of pain. The doctor ordered a knee immobilizer for me, so that the tibia won’t move around and cause as much pain. Unfortunately, I’m not able to drive with the knee immobilizer.

The surgeon also ordered some blood tests. I have not gotten the results back yet, so I do not know if I have an infection. My fingers are tightly crossed. On Monday, I get my stiches out. Then I should be able to restart physical therapy. I love my physical therapist; she’s helped me make so much progress. Right before the fourth surgery, I was able to walk without a cane! I still had a significant limp and tired very easily. Now that I have the leg immobilizer, I use the wheel chair and the walker. I hope to try out crutches next week. 


Posted on September 14, 2017

Posted on September 14, 2017

One month after the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Star wanted to share an update on her progress:

"After spending 15 days in the hospital and 12 days in rehab, I'm  staying with a friend. When my friend's not home, I have to have a nurse's aide because I can't be left alone. I had another doctor's  appointment today to address the pain that I experience after doing my  physical therapy. My white blood cells were up when I left the rehab  center, but I don't have any other signs of infection, so fingers  crossed." 


Posted on August 25, 2017

Posted on August 25, 2017

From Star -  My doctors called in a team of pain specialists. Because of them I slept  amazingly well last night. It makes such a difference.  I'm back to  joking around. The surgeons said that the surgery went perfectly! It  took longer than usual because it was an especially bad break. The  surgeons removed the ex-fix and installed permanent screws inside my  legs. I no longer have rods sticking out of my leg. I do have a fancy  new leg brace! 

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