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Apr 8, 2011 6:51 PM

Time running out for teen with head trauma

TUCSON - After a devastating car accident, Jessyka Murray is lucky to be alive - but her luck may be running out as her insurance says they will no longer cover her expenses.

On Sunday morning, November 14, 2010, 17-year-old Jessyka Murray was catching a ride to work when she was in a horrible accident at the Benson Highway and Kino intersection.

"Her head hit the windshield and she suffered major head trauma," said Griffin Murray, Jessyka's brother.

Griffin says since that tragic day, on-going surgeries at Health South Hospital have helped Jessyka with her recovery. Her insurance has been paying the cost - about $4,000-$5,000 a week.

But on April 27, that will change - the money will stop.

"It's awful," Griffin says. "If insurance doesn't cover her after the 27th, she'll have to go home and the families left on our own, trying to find physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses to come in, caregivers."

That's why her family says they're willing to do whatever it takes to get the money Jessyka needs. So, on Saturday, they are hosting their first fundraiser for Jessyka, at St. Demitri's Greek Orthodox Church, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"It's on Ft. Lowell and Mountain, there'll be a ton of stuff there: food, phones, a lot of different things are being auctioned off," Griffin says. "There's going to be a lot of cool events there and it's literally just the beginning."

The family believes that Jessyka will one day make a full recovery, but it will take more time than her insurance will allow.

"There's a lot of people out there that have been in similar cases to Jessyka where they have made full recoveries, but they've also made those recoveries based on the rehabilitation institutes that they've been in provided by healthcare and health insurance," Griffin says.

If you can't make it to the fundraiser tomorrow, you can still donate money to Jessyka on this website:

http://jtreno.com/fr_homepage.cfm

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