Thursday, February 25, 2010

Heavenlee's Story: The Need For Proper Car Seats

Last week, I was interviewed by WTWO-TV2, one of our local news stations about our cause. It was to have been aired at about 5:30am the other day but was delayed because of a local Marine soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. As sad as we are about this whole situation, we can't imagine losing a son to the ravages of war.

Overall, the interview went well and we are pleased that WTWO-TV2 has the story on its website: (see link below).

The video footage of the crash scene was very difficult to watch as we had not seen it before.

Heavenlee's Story: The Need For Proper Car Seats

On March 9, during WTHI-TV10's Morning Show, I will conduct another interview about our cause. We will remind everyone just prior to it and hope that all of you will take the time to watch.

God bless and keep each of you....

James & Amanda Wallace

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Update from Riley Hospital...

Heavenlee is going to REHAB today about 09:00am or so...She's doing well. Her spinal fusion went well on Thursday. It took about 10 1/2 hours but it went well. No problems. She's smiling and doing well. There may be hope for movement... Maybe. We will see how rehab goes.

James & Amanda Wallace

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Most Recent Surgery Updates...

Last night, Heavenlee underwent 10 1/2 of surgery at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. Doctors fused the C1,C2 and C3 Cervical Vertebrae of her spine which had been crushed in the accident. This was done in order to relieve some of the pressure on her spinal cord and possible regain some nerve function in her lower body.
It will be some weeks before we know the results of this procedure. The one good thing about this procedure is that after a bit of healing time, perhaps 4-6 weeks, doctors will remove the Halo which is screwed into her skull at the moment. Having had screws in my skull (James) from my broken neck back in 1987, I can tell you it was no fun at all.
She also had the breathing tubes in her throat replaced with a tracheotomy tube, which will allow here to possible regain her ability to talk. Again, only time will tell if this will work.
Once again we ask each of you to spread the word through all of your social networking sites (FB, MySpace, Twitter, ect) and let the Indiana state legislators know that we are watching their actions as we move forward towards our eventual goal of a stricter law regarding parents/caregivers who do not use the correct child seats for their children and wind up injuring them as Heavenlee has been injured.

James & Amanda Wallace

Sunday, February 14, 2010

... and so it begins!

The process of achieving a measure of Justice for Heavenlee will be a long, slow process as is always the case when dealing with something as complex and difficult as this situation is. Nonetheless, we are most grateful to all who have joined up and expressed support for our cause.
Yesterday, I (James) attended a crackerbarrel session of the Indiana State Legislators for Vigo County in the basement of the Vigo County Public Library. Any concerns or fears I may have had going in were quickly dispelled and I found in our state legislators people of compassion and concern for our cause.

UPDATE: Here is a link to the newstory that appeared in Sunday's paper regarding my appearance:

Legislators hear plea for stricter car-seat law

I found Rep. Clyde Kersey and Senator Timothy Skinner to be kindred spirits and both expressed publicly and privately their commitment to working towards addressing the inequity in our state law that allowed for only a $25.00 fine when Heavenlee was not properly seated in a child safety seat.
Any concerns I may have had regarding Sen. Skinner's office not communicating with us were in error. The mistake was mine and was a direct result of my allowing emotion to rule in place of reason. I shall endeavour not to make that mistake again, though I can't guarantee it. Whenever I speak of Heavenlee, emotion has a way of overwhelming me.
We now await a meeting with our local county prosecutors in order to develop a cohesive and comprehensive document which will meet with approval from both of our local legislatures. We are also moving forward to resume our Full Moon Howls for Child Safety and will advise all when and where they will occur.

Now comes your part in this matter.

It's not enough to just join up and read about what we are doing. If you want to play a role in changing the law to better protect our children, then reach out to your family, friends, workplace and even complete strangers. Do it on Facebook, My Space, Linkedln, Squidoo, ect... Tell them of our plight, lead them to this website and encourage them to join up and spread the word. Doing so will not only increase public exposure locally for our cause, it will also draw the attention of the national media, including daytime syndicated talk shows. Imagine if Dr. Phil got involved how quickly we would see positive action. Appearance on those types of shows will convince the entire state general assembly of our desire to protect our children.

Remember what your grandparents used to say... "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

Thank you and God bless you all for your support, prayers, words of encouragement and your actions.

James & Amanda Wallace