Charlotte Brown, the 7-year-old Juneau girl injured in an Egan Drive accident Dec. 8, is now out of intensive care at a Seattle hospital and is nearing the start of rehabilitation, her family reported late last week.
Charlotte suffered spinal cord and back injuries, as well as internal bleeding, after being thrown from her vehicle and struck by another vehicle. She was first taken to Harborview Medical Center, then transferred to Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle.
Charlotte's parents remain with their daughter in the hospital. Her mother, Audrey Brown, said doctors have removed her daughter's breathing tubes and she has been starting to try to talk, but with a "froggy voice."
In addition to working to recover her voice, Charlotte is adjusting to the new set of doctors on her new floor, Audrey said.
Charlotte's visitors in Seattle have included Gene Tagaban, who worked with Yeil Se, Raven's Voice Theater in Juneau. Last Tuesday, Tagaban played songs for Charlotte on his handmade Tlingit flute, said her father, Jason Brown.
Jason Brown said a group of employees in Juneau - he did not know from which company - purchased presents for Charlotte and were planning to fly them to Seattle, complete with a Santa Claus messenger, to be delivered to Charlotte in her room Saturday.
"This act of kindness goes beyond any measure that I have ever experienced," he said via e-mail.
Fund-raisers continue to be held for Charlotte. Her uncle, Daniel Brown, said a lunch event was held at the ANB Hall on Friday.
"I'd like to thank the public for all that they have done, and wish them all a merry Christmas," he said.
Jason and Audrey Brown said they wanted to send greetings to family and friends in Juneau and thanks to all who have helped. They asked people to keep Charlotte in their prayers.
To make a donation, send it care of the account of Audrey Brown, Alaska State Employees Federal Credit Union, Box 21449, Juneau, 99802.
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