The world changed for Peggy Madsen when she tumbled down the stairs at the Post Office in Fairbury, sustaining injuries critical enough for her to be life flighted to Lincoln.
Within a month and a half, she is healing quickly and anxiously waiting to return to her home in Western. Madsen’s daughter, Sheila Durflinger, explained that it has been miraculous to see how much her mother has recovered since she fell on Oct. 13.
“She was on the stairs and she fell onto her head on the sidewalk,” said Durflinger. “She was life flighted to Bryan LGH West. They didn’t expect her to live, but she did.”
Durflinger explained that Madsen had a large amount of head trauma from the fall, with a lot of bleeding in her brain. She also fractured some of her ribs as well as her jaw. Madsen remained at Bryan LGH West in a coma. However, Durflinger believes that her mother’s fighting spirit is what has helped her to recover.
“It was pretty bad,” Durflinger said. “But now, she’s actually walking. The doctors didn’t expect her to wake up until after the first of the year, but she did. Then we were told not to expect her to be released until the first of the year, but now we have a goal discharge date set for December 13. She’s done amazing. All of the doctors are just in awe with her progress. She’s always been a fighter.”
Although her mother’s recovery is progressing, Durflinger believes that there will still be challenges ahead, which is why she has organized a fundraiser to help alleviate some of the financial costs of medical treatment, as well as some of the costs of items for when she returns home to Western.
“We know that we’re going to have to have certain walkers because she only has one hand,” said Durflinger. “She lost one of her hands in a work accident in 2014. We’re going to have to shower chairs and things like that to make it easier for her to live at home. She wants to go home, but that’s not really an option right now. She will be staying with either my sister or me for a while.”
The benefit will be at Meridian Public Schools on Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 4 p.m. Durflinger explained that there will be a free-will spaghetti meal, as well as a silent auction and a raffle. All of the funds raised during the event will be used to help with Madsen’s recovery. Durflinger recognized that not everyone can provide monetary donations, which is why she is also asking people for a special form of support.
“We’ve been trying to spread the word about this,” Durflinger said. “Everything helps, even prayers. We understand that not everyone can contribute this time of year, but if you could say a quick prayer for her, we would appreciate it. We appreciate all the help that our community has given us. It just amazes me that Western is such a small community, but people really pull together and do great things at the times people need it most.”