Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pray for Olivia

We had a tragedy in our neighborhood yesterday and I am asking if you could to please pray for the girl involved. We had some new neighbors move in at the beginning of the summer. We have gotten to know them a little and Molly and Emily have played with their two girls. One of the girls, Olivia, age 10, was at the bus stop yesterday which is at the corner of our street. In a freak accident an armored truck coming from the other direction skidded across the street striking the bus and then hitting Olivia. She was pinned under the truck for some time until they could get her out and into an ambulance. Her father saw the whole thing as he was sitting there in his car watching for her to get on the bus as he does each morning. Unfortunately I was also there as I had just finished running. It was a terrible scene.

Olivia has extensive brain trauma and is in very critical condition (actually it is amazing she is even alive at this point - most of us at the scene did not expect her to be). Eric has been over to the hospital and has had an opportunity to pray with her parents. Our pastor came down and was able to go back to ICU (pastor's privilege) and pray over Olivia back there. They cannot tell the extent of damage until they can bring down the swelling and relieve the pressure on her brain. She also has several broken bones and other things, but the major problem is the brain trauma. If she is stable enough they plan to try a CAT scan today.

We would ask for prayer for Olivia and her family - it will take a miracle at this point for her. You could also pray for the driver of the truck. He had an absolute break down at the scene and just kept saying he was going to kill himself for killing a child like that. We are trying to minister to the family as best we can, but at this point they really need prayer.

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