Help woman after explosion caused brain Injury

Goal: $25,000

I’m raising funds for my friend Sally. Sally isn’t her real name because she’s in hiding from an abusive man who has threatened many times to kill her. I hope you will be moved by this story and help get her back on her feet.

Powering Through a Fiery Tragedy, Sally Needs Help Starting Over

“I’m scared, tired and desperate. I don’t have a dime to my name,” says Sally B*.

“I feel like I’m in a nightmare that I relive every day and pray to God that someone can help. I can’t keep going on like this.”

Those are the heartbreaking thoughts that have haunted Sally every single day since that horrible night in 2019 when her life changed forever.

Deafening noise/ blinding light
Sally was in her bedroom watching TV around 1 a.m. on August 1 when, out of the blue, she heard a deafening noise, like a train derailing on the tracks behind her house. She looked out the window with horror as she was blanketed by a blinding light from an orange flame that rose 300 feet into the air and turned night into day.

It only took a moment to realize what had happened. Sally screamed, “My God, the pipeline has exploded. We have to get out!”

A natural gas line from Enbridge, a pipeline company less than a mile from her house in Stanford, Kentucky, had exploded, sending a slew of blast waves throughout nearby communities. She later learned that the flames had been seen from as far as 100 miles away in Louisville.

As a ferocious roar filled the air, Sally grabbed her dogs and ran to her truck.

Before she could head out to a nearby town for safety, another blast violently shook the truck back and forth, and its accompanying noise surged through an open window, damaging Sally’s right ear.

The following morning, she returned to see if she had a house left.

Extensive destruction
Luckily, the house was still standing but it had suffered extensive destruction, including a cracked foundation, damaged crown molding, and kitchen cabinets that came loose from the wall from the blast waves.

Unable to bear the trauma of staying in her partially destroyed home, she began prevailing upon friends and family to let her stay with them. Adding to her troubles was the fact that the impact of the explosion caused physical and emotional problems she had never before experienced.

The physical and mental aftermath

She began having excruciating headaches and brain fog preventing her from focusing, completing tasks, and working. She was frequently dizzy and nauseated, unable to sleep when it’s dark, and was subject to fits of crying and severe depression. The trauma and injury also caused her hair to fall out, her teeth to loosen, her vision to profoundly deteriorate, and deafness in her right ear.

Doctors couldn’t help
Sally went from doctor to doctor trying to learn what was wrong and to find relief. Many of the medical professionals she saw minimized her complaints and didn’t identify brain damage as a major cause. She knew different, however, and in December of 2020 a neurologist in Cleveland diagnosed her with brain damage and told her that many of the symptoms she was experiencing were the result.

Inadequate compensation
Sally had some private health insurance, but she no longer does. She’s applied for disability, but doesn’t know if, or when, she’ll get it. An attorney working on her behalf for compensation from the involved parties obtained a small settlement that quickly ran out.

Left alone in the world to fend for herself
Due to all her brain-related issues, she cannot support herself, nor is there anyone in her life to help her do so.

Sally needs financial help so that she can move into her own place, make rent payments, buy a vehicle, food, and simple furniture, cover her ongoing medical bills, and pay for a therapist to help her heal psychological wounds caused by the trauma of the explosion. Her ultimate goal is to recover enough to support herself with a full-time job.

“It’s hard to know how to deal with all of this,” Sally said. “Something like this doesn’t come with an instruction booklet.”

*Sally is not her real name. She doesn’t want it used because she fears for her safety from an abusive husband she is no longer with