In the blink of an eye, the lives of a Morehouse Parish couple changed forever.
On July 3, 2013 Lillie Sawyer, the 5 year old daughter of Mer Rouge residents Ricky and Jessica Sawyer, was outside playing on her tire swing when the limb holding the swing broke and fell on her head. Lillie was knocked out and emergency medical services were called.
Upon the arrival of the ambulance, it was decided that she needed to be transported to a trauma center, therefore Air-Vac helicopter service was dispatched to the area, where Lillie was picked up and transported to a hospital in Alexandria, where tests showed she had cracked her skull. Once she was stabilized, Lillie was then transported to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans and remains hospitalized there.
Lillie was placed in a medically induced coma in order to allow her body to heal and underwent two separate surgeries on her skull. She is now having therapy treatments to relearn skills she lost due to the injury.
Her parents have been with her since the accident, but her father had to return home to go to work. Lillie is scheduled to be released from the hospital within the next couple of weeks, but will have to be taken back and forth to New Orleans for therapy.
Due to the expenses incurred, a country, bluegrass and gospel benefit singing has been planned from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Aug. 17 at King’s Rodeo Arena at 9226 Cutoff Road. There is no charge to attend but donations are welcome. There will also be concessions available for purchase and all of the proceeds will go to help with medical expenses.