- $ 50,000.00 Goal
- $ 30,097.20 Raised
$ 30,097.20 was raised by 231 people
Thank you for visiting our donation site for Katie Cook. On May 16,2014 Katie was involved in a horrendous domestic violence attack that resulted in 3rd degree burns on 70% of her body. She remains in a burn unit in critical condition. After more than 3 months she is now making small steps toward recovery. After 23 surgeries to debride and clean her skin Katie had her very first skin graft on July 8th, and her second on August 6th 2014. Due to the severe extent of her burns she has very little skin to graft from. Katie's skin grafts are cultured epidermal autografts. These were grown from small postage stamp biopsies taken when she first arrived to the hospital she is in. These are called CEA skin grafts. So far the grafts have been very successful. She has had several additional smaller surgeries to repair the more severe wounds but overall her grafts were a success. Her tracheotomy has been removed and she is now able to talk! She is still very weak but, has been participating in physical therapy and has been able to get out of bed and stand for about 5 minutes at a time. The helicopter pilots and flight nurses that brought her in stop in to check on her from time to time. They are amazed that someone with the extent of Katie's injuries could have made it through all of this. It's amazing what the human body is capable of and it is directly related to all of the love and support she and her family have received from all of you. The hospital Katie is in is amazing. Everyone, her entire care team, from the surgeons to the nurses, therapists and even the house keepers are incredible and Katie would not be here today if it weren't for their care. Katie still needs your hope, your love, your prayers and support.
Her husband was charged with attempted murder by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department in South Carolina. He remains incarcerated. Her parents were brave enough to share her story with a local Minnesota news station which you can view here: http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/06/11/minnetonka-native-jailed-for-allegedly-setting-his-wife-on-fire-in-south-carolina/10347333/
We don't know how long Katie will remain in the burn intensive care unit. Her recovery is still very uncertain but she continues to fight. The physical and spiritual strength of her heart have amazed us all. She is truly amazing and her strength is fueled by every single one of you hoping, praying and sending your positive energy to her.
So many amazing family and friends have asked how they can help or where they can send donations so we set up this site to embrace your support. We can't overstate how much we appreciate your donations, your help, your love and thoughts and prayers. Given Katie's critical state, we can't yet foresee all of the expenses related to her recovery; this donation of support will assist with the anticipated financial burden the Cook family will incur during her ongoing rehabilitation and return to a full and happy life.
You can also support Katie by raising awareness of domestic violence. Let everyone know that domestic violence will not be tolerated, it is never OK. You can find help, YOU could be the help somebody else needs! Please visit http://www.supportingkatie.com to purchase a T-shirt or bracelett to fund Katie's recovery.
2014-09-12Good luck Katie - we are all pulling for you. Many prayers are going your way for a speedy recovery.
2014-09-09Wishing the best for Katie
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