Sara Baker is facing a £50,000 medical bill after breaking her back in a terrifying snowboarding accident in Canada. Sara Baker was snowboarding in the 2010 Winter Olympics resort of Whistler, British Columbia, when the accident happened. Sara needed emergency hospital treatment after several vertebrae were crushed and her spinal cord was almost severed during the impact.
Unfortunately Sara, 30, has now discovered that her travel insurance policy does not cover the full cost of her medical treatment – and it seems like the whole of Birmingham are thanking rallying together to raise an estimated £50,000 to pay the bills and bring her home.
Sara was initially taken to the local medical centre in the resort, but they were so concerned about her condition she was transferred to the major trauma centre in Vancouver.
“Doctors told me surgery was the only option because there was a bone sticking out from my spinal column that could cause paralysis,’’ she said.
“It seems my nerves weren’t damaged but there is a possibility it may have affected my reproductive organs, but only time will tell.’’
Trauma specialists had to fuse the damaged parts of the vertebrae back together to prevent any further damage to the spinal cord in the tricky procedure lasting several hours.
If the fragments of vertebrae had shifted just a fraction more she would have been paralysed for life.
Sara is still in excruciating pain and receives regular does of morphine to control the discomfort.
She is now undergoing painful and tiring rehabilitation, but she is determined to make a full recovery.
Pal Steve Woods is co-ordinating the drive to gather funds towards Sara’s care and said she was extremely lucky not to have been paralysed from her injuries.
‘‘All Sara’s friends back home are determined to raise as much money as possible towards the medical bills. She has a lot of pals in Birmingham and we want everyone to help.’’
An auction featuring artwork, holidays and various entertainment packages has been planned for March 15 at the Old Library, Digbeth, and other fundraising events have been planned.
For more information email good friend Steve Woods – [email protected] or to join the cause visit the facebook page by clicking here.
Thank you Birmingham, Sara needs your support.