Taylor Church is a spirited, fun loving, vivacious 21-year old. On Wednesday May 16th, Taylor was taken to the emergency room at Palomar hospital after suffering several days of flu like symptoms. After being examined they realized she had Sepsis, a severe infection of the bloodstream.
Three days later she had double pneumonia, extremely low blood pressure, and a racing heart rate. By Saturday morning she was put in a drug induced coma and placed on a ventilator as one by one her organs began to shut down.
On Monday, June 4, Taylor had both of her legs amputated just below the knee and her hands will be amputated later this week as the result of the powerful medication required to treat sepsis.
Taylor Church’s dad Chris served 25 years in the United States Marine Corps with his wife Laurie by his side for the past 26 years. The family is not only experiencing tremendous heartache right now but also some financial burdens with more to come to pay for Taylor’s care.
Please consider contributing to Taylor as she continues her battle and begins the long and painful process of rehabilitation. Cash or Check is accepted and can be mailed directly to the bank: USAA FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, 10750 McDERMOT FREEWAY, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78288 (Please write account number #102574243 on the check. I have had to take the PayPal link off because it was not working and I can’t seem to figure it out so if you would like to donate, sending a check to USAA is the only option right now. I will continue to work on the link and thank you to everyone who has tried to donate, it is the thought behind it that counts and we really do appreciate it.
Hello Everyone! It’s been a while since the last update, but all is well! I’m walking and getting around very well these days! I’ll be on the channel 10 news tonight at 11pm for any and all who would like to know whats been going on with me lately, you can here http://www.10news.com/video/live-video ! We have some very exciting news to share with all of you and will be updating again here shortly! Thank you all for the continued support and prayers!
This is an amazing sight…Taylor starting to get up and around.
Taylor has had some ups and downs with pain over the last few days but is moving to the Rehab Unit tomorrow and is pretty excited about it. One step closer to home! She took time out of her busy schedule to take some funny pics with Chris and send me her first verbal text message from Chris’ phone. All in all it’s been a pretty good weekend. Thanks again for all of the prayers and support. Her room is so full of flowers you can smell them in the hallway! Thanks everyone. ♥
Just when the unexpected bad news comes, when another seemingly insurmountable hurdle is thrown in front of her, and what was supposed to be a positive is turned into a negative, Taylor once again shows us what she’s really made of. As all of us were feeling defeated after the additional amputations, Taylor once again amazes everyone with her attitude and determination. Even though she has more reason to be angry, sad and depressed over the outcome of Tuesday’s surgery than anyone, instead she is the one lifting peoples spirits and giving hope to those around her.
This girl is amazing! I have no doubt that Taylor is going to overcome all her challenges and make a difference in many, many lives.
Taylor had surgery today to clean up and close up the wounds on her hands and fingers. The surgery took longer than expected and we learned that the doctors needed to remove her left hand above the wrist and the right hand had all the fingers and thumb taken completely off. Needless to say it was a shock and very, very disappointing.
Aiden catching up on some sleep next to Taylor.
In addition to today being a good day for Taylor as it pertains to pain control, it’s also been a good day for her and Aiden as they were able to spend some quality time together. Aiden even got in a nap next to mom during his visit.I know Taylor is looking forward to more times like this, in a non-hospital setting, very soon.
Thank you so much for all your support! In so many ways friends, family and the communityhave reached out and helped lift Taylor up. Whether through the kind words in an email, prayers, organizing and getting the word out, or financially, you have made real and lasting difference. I hope and pray that you realize the impact that you have made through the kindness you have sown in the lives of Taylor and family.
In the coming months Taylor will face many new challenges, not the least of which will be learning to manage day to day tasks for her and her 18 month old son Aiden. As any parent knows managing an 18 month old boy, especially a boy from the Church line, is a real struggle. Taylor will have the added challenge of doing this while also learning to operate without both of her feet and her hands. By any measure Taylor has a BIG mountain to climb in the very near future.
Equipping her home (entry way, bathroom, kitchen, etc.) and vehicle to accomodate her disability is going to be a major undertaking both physically and fincacially. If you or someone you know would be interested in supporting Taylor please click the button on the right side of the page or touch base with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas for assisting Taylor. Once again, thank you to everyone for your continued support.
You may also contribute by mailing or dropping off your donation directly to the bank:
Pac Trust Bank – 27425 Ynez Road – Temecula, CA 92591
Please write “TEAM TAYLOR” in the memo line or note the account number on the Check, #2020026125.
As we all celebrate Fathers Day I wanted to take a moment to say that Taylor is incredibly lucky to have the father that she does. James (Chris) Church, Taylor’s dad, has certainly been through his share of tough times during his 25 year career in the Marine Corps and through it all he demonstrated the courage and dedication that marks the greatest of men.
Now, only a short time after completing his Marine Corps career he’s been faced with a horror that, while different, is probably every bit as difficult as anything he faced on the battlefield; seeing his youngest daughter near death and now struggle to overcome multiple amputations. Yet again Chris faces this challenge with the courage and dedication of a great father.
On Fathers Day(or near it anyway) I’m thankful for my brothers example as a man and a father.
Taylor got to go outside today for some sunshine and fresh air and also got to see Aiden. We met them outside for a surprise. Aiden was so cute….he wouldn’t stop kissing her! Hazel took some great pictures which I’ll post in a bit but I wanted to update the status and tell everyone what a good day she is having and how much your prayers are helping and appreciated. Love to all♥