Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Please Pray For Shea

The daughter of a friend and former pastor of mine has been in a serious car accident. Her name is Shea Hickok. Her boyfriend was killed and her brother was injured in the accident. She is in very serious condition. You can read regular updates here. If you are a member of a church, or a Sunday School or any kind of prayer chain, please add Shea to your prayer list. She is a beautiful young woman. In every way.

Here is the original post:

On Saturday, November 19th a car full of teenage kids crashed just outside Macon, Georgia. Among the passengers in the car were Lauren Shea Hickok and her brother Luke Hickok, the two eldest children of Steve and Susan Hickok.

The vehicle had cartwheeled four times before coming to a stop. When Luke Hickok unfastened his seatbelt and got the door nearest to him open, he went to find his sister and found her under the trailer they were pulling. Luke was able to pull his sister from under the trailer and get her breathing.

Shea's boyfriend died at the scene.

When Lauren arrived at the hospital the doctor in charge said that he had never seen the amount of lung damage in an accident victim and prepared the family for the worst.

At first the situation appeared little more than hopeless as Shea was getting 100% of her oxygen through artificial means. Many of the bones in her face are broken as are her clavicle and two vertebraes abover her ribs. Although her lungs were not punctured, they were not functioning.

Shea was the most critical patient in the hospital, and was placed in a medically induced coma.

As word went out around the country, a host of people began a vigil of thoughts and prayers for the family. A group of 30 people traveled two hours to be with the family from Atlanta. Susan's brother and sister arrived to be with them at the hospital and have been there constantly since.

What has happened since... is a tribute to the grace of the Creator, the care of the doctors and the thoughts, prayers and energy of hundreds of people in behalf of one of God's most amazing creations.

Just one day after preparing the family for the worst, the doctor brought two more doctors so "they could see a miracle." She is still in very critical condition, but the improvements we have seen to date are encouraging.

For those who know and love the Hickok family, we would like to provide this blog as a means of communicating daily updates.

This is the beginning of a very long journey for the family, and your postings will be read to Shea even while she is in the coma, and for as long as she is walking this most difficult path.

6 comments:

Em said...

Laura--

I am in Macon Georgia.
If there is anything I can do, please let me know. My email is ewdillon@yahoo.com

dharma said...

hi, im from turkiye and im a muslim.. i dont know who she is,and you are, but i'll pray for her.. i wish , she gets well very quickly..

Rachel said...

Hi Laura. My name is Rachel. We don't know each other but Shea and I were very close friends in junior high. Ive been following the up-dates and just noticed that you were from Arizona as well. I actually go to school in Scottsdale and have some connections through people at Scottsdale Bible. It was just good to see that i am not the only one out here that can relate to the accident. I have been praying for her and listening to her music regularly. Its such an amazing story. I was wondering though, where the family lives now. Do they live in Geogria or was that a vacation gone bad? I lost touch with them and just wondered if that meant Steve was pastoring elsewhere or what had happened? It is good to see all the love and support going on around the world for Shea. Thank-you.

Anonymous said...

The Hickoks have been in Georgia for about a year. Steve is the Celebration Arts pastor at the Bridge Church in Suwanee, Georgia.

michelle bowen said...

i found out about this horrible accident through a cousin of mine who attends scottsdale bible....i remember when lauren was in her moms belly( both steve and susan were teachers of mine at heart to heart christian academy) i JUST NOW found this on the website!!i have been praying for your entire family since the day i found out( thanksgiving) you have so many people who love you and hae been preaying for you, and wow GOD IS GOOD! what a miracle he has shoown to all the doctors and nurses...i just listened to her songs from the cd, what a beautiful VOICE!!! ( what should i expect from susan and steves children....) i am sure you are a beautiful family inside and out, i love you all very much and am praying that God will continue to bless you all !!!if there is anything i could ever do... please email me smmbowen@cox.net
michelle bowen( formerly brown)
by the way i have a 3.5 year old girl, madelyn!

Allisone said...

You don't really know me, but I thought you might enjoy this...
I got started on your blog from craftster, then from your blog got started reading and praying for Shea Hickok, from there I looked up the band that Shea's boyfriend Mike was working with on myspace, from there I noticed To Write Love on Her Arms, and I am now getting invovled with them. I can feel my compassion and love for the world around me growing daily with the help of the Lord. Funny how a little blog post can turn into bigger. I'm sure this is one of the more subtle ways the Lord is using Shea's ordeal for good.