10-year-old Liverpool girl paralyzed in crash, family faces long road to recovery
A 10-year-old girl injured in a crash in Liverpool last month was paralyzed from the waist down. That's according to a Facebook page set up to give updates on the Patterson family's conditions. The crash claimed the life of the family's mother, Meagan Patterson.
Sheriff's deputies say the Patterson family was driving south on Route 57 on November 24 when a car, driven by 42-year-old Muhammad Baqir, crossed into their lane
and hit them head-on
. According to court documents, Baqir told investigators he used heroin in the hours before the crash. He is charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while under the influence of drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation.
Meagan was killed in the crash and her husband and three children were all injured. 10-year-old Olivia is still listed in critical condition in the Pediatric ICU. She sustained serious damage to her abdomen and spine and was paralyzed from the waist down. It is unknown whether she will ever regain feeling in the lower half of her body. She has had numerous surgeries and will undergo several more surgeries in the near future.
2-year-old Sophia Patterson suffered a broken arm and a laceration above her eye. She was released from the hospital and is staying with extended family. 14-year-old Justin Root has undergone several surgeries and was released from the hospital days after the crash. Due to complications, Root is back in the hospital.
Meagan's husband Lance suffered serious injuries in the crash, including broken bones and fractures. He remains in the hospital while undergoing rehabilitation.
According to the Facebook post, the financial burden of the tragedy is overwhelming with medical expenses continuing to pile up. "There is a great need for financial support to cover current living expenses and, with holidays just around the corner, there is also a desire to provide gifts for the children," the post says. "Nothing can take away the pain of the family's physical injuries, and nothing can bring back the incredible wife and mother that they lost that day. However, we can honor Meagan's memory by continuing to come together as a community to support her family as they struggle to pick up the pieces."
A trust has been set up to benefit the Patterson family to help cover medical and living expenses. You can donate online by clicking on the Facebook page. You can also send donations in the form of a check made payable to the "Patterson Family Trust" and mailed to:
Patterson Family Trust
P.O. Box 63
Syracuse, NY 13201