On April 30, 2007, my life was forever changed. My name is Ashley Dubuisson and I was involved in a horrific automobile accident in Elberta this past spring. I lost control of my Ford Explorer and it rolled eight times before slamming into a tree. I was ejected from the vehicle through the front windshield.
When rescue workers arrived they determined that my condition was extremely critical and I was taken by helicopter to a Pensacola hospital. Doctors determined my back had been broken in six places, all of my ribs were either borken or fractured, and my lungs had collapsed. The decision was made that doctors specializing in spinal cord injuries would be needed, so my family and I were flown to Gainesville hospital. Upon my arrival in Gainesville, doctors informed us that the area below my upper back was paralyzed. Surgeries were done to repair my back by placing pins in my spine. Over the course of ten weeks I was cared for and treated in three different hospitals. During this time we realized that I had feeling in my lower body and then began a grueling month long physical therapy routine where I learned to sit, stand and eventually walk again. My physical therapy continues and I get stronger everyday. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people at the Angel Ride Foundation. Prior to my wreck, I never knew what the Angel Ride Foundation was all about. Their support for me during this very difficult time has meant so much to my family and me. The medical expenses that were incurred because of my accident were overwhelming and thanks to individual who support the Angel Ride Foundation and their donation to me, my family and I are forever grateful.