MADERA COUNTY — After the loss of Ruby Alvarez in a tragic accident on Highway 41 last Saturday, many have been asking about the condition of her beautiful daughter Lucy.
Little Lucy is doing better today, says her father Riven Abdo, who has been by her side since flying in from Arkansas after receiving news of the crash.
Two-year-old Lucy was taken to Valley Children’s Hospital in critical condition in the early morning hours of June 18 after a three-car collision just south of Road 200. She suffered a broken leg, jaw and chin, and will need to have her jaw wired shut for about two weeks, says her dad.
Riven says Lucy has been heavily sedated since the accident, that being necessary due to her concussion and the fact that waking up in her condition is very frightening for her. This allows her to sleep, and heal. He says she is squeezing his finger, and knows that grandma is there.
Lucy will soon be moved out of Intensive Care, says Riven, and is surrounded by family every moment.
Christopher Lachawicz, who held Lucy for more than 40 minutes at the accident scene until she could be transported for treatment, has been contacted by the family, who wished to express their gratitude for his kindness and care for their baby girl.
A woman who also cared for Lucy at the crash scene has been identified as Rachelle Lovett of Yosemite Lakes Park, who worked with Christopher to keep the little girl safe and breathing.
Doug VanBindsbergen and his girlfriend Laura were also at the scene, and pulled the two occupants of the burning car to safety. They hope to be able to visit the two Sanger residents in the hospital, and participate in a fundraising campaign for their medical expenses.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Lucy’s medical care and Ruby’s funeral costs.
“This wonderful family has done nothing but give to our community and they are now in a time of need,” says the GoFundMe page. Anyone who wishes to donate is invited to visit the Alvarez Family Support page at https://www.gofundme.com/k06yaw
To read Christopher’s story, click here.
To read the original post about the fatal crash, click here.