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Thank you from the Langley family

Thank you from the Langley family

To all of Mackenzie’s friends and supporters:

Thank you, Aspen! On June 23 at 1:30 in the morning, we received the telephone call we hope and pray that none of you ever receives.

Our precious 16-old-daughter, Mackenzie, had been in an automobile accident on Castle Creek Road. We were directed to the emergency room at Aspen Valley Hospital. Five minutes later, we were at the emergency room. We were not able to see Mackenzie, as the physicians were stabilizing her for a Flight for Life helicopter trip to Denver. For the next 20 minutes, which felt like 20 hours, we anxiously waited. We were finally able to see Mackenzie for about 45 seconds as they were transiting her to the helicopter. Seeing our baby so broken and beat up was heart-wrenching. The vacant look on her face was frightening.

There was no prognosis, and there was no room for Darnell to ride along with our daughter. We embarked on the longest drive of our lives. We did not know what we would learn when we got to Children’s Hospital in Denver. When we arrived, we learned that Mackenzie had six broken vertebrae, multiple skull and facial fractures and a broken jaw. There was damage to her brain. We were just happy that she was alive!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the valleywide community for the authentic and sincere love that has been manifested to our family. We have been overwhelmed by the prayers, support and generosity that you have given us. Thank you for the bake sales, car washes, lemonade stands, rides, T-shirts, meals, flowers, accommodations and hugs. Thank you for taking the time to drive to Denver and visit us. Thank you to all of the local faith communities for your prayers and petitions to the Lord our God for our Mackenzie. Thank you to the fundraisers who organized the benefit at Crossroads Church and Aspen Junior Hockey for its support and dedication of the 3-on-3 Tournament to Mackenzie. Your love and generosity have brought us to tears. We are most richly blessed to live among you and to be the beneficiaries of your love and support.

Mackenzie is currently in Craig Hospital in Denver; her release date is in late September. At this time she is paralyzed below her waist and does not have use of her legs. The physicians are predicting a full recovery of her brain, which already seems to be functioning normally. We are elated that she is back with us and are grateful to God for her healing. We continue to hope and pray for a full recovery of her body. God answers prayers; please continue to pray for Mackenzie.

Words cannot adequately express our gratitude and love for each and every one of you. We are humbled by your generosity and grateful for your support. We remain hopeful and optimistic that Mackenzie will play soccer and hockey again. We are eagerly looking forward to our next family ski day. In addition to prayers of petition for Mackenzie’s recovery, we daily offer prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving for all of you for supporting us through this most difficult time.

Thank you, Aspen, and God bless you.

Kyle, Coby, Carlyn, Mackenzie, Quinn, Darnell and Bob Langley

Aspen


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The Aspen Times Updated Aug 19, 2014 12:00AM Published Aug 19, 2014 07:55AM Copyright 2014 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.