Wednesday, 29 February 2012 by Tanner Clarke
Hayle Shay Brown grew up with a love of dirt bikes and a passion for riding. These bikes were always around in her life because her father, who briefly rode professionally, shared his excitement in riding bikes with her.
Last year, Hayle was riding in Conroe with her boyfriend and a couple of her dad's friends when she lost control, ran off the track and hit a tree.
She was rushed to the hospital and had many major injuries including 10 broken ribs, broke her back in 4 places, her aorta almost tore, an aneurism about the size of a cue ball and much more.
Hayle was sent to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Hospital in Houston where they found the aneurism quickly. The next morning they put a stint in her aorta and were surprised that everything seemed to work well without any major disturbances.
Later she went through a 9-hour back surgery and was in intensive care for 2 weeks. Then she was transferred to Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco so she could be closer to home.
Amazingly around the first of December she was able to go home.
On Jan. 9, Hayle went through open heart surgery to repair her heart and she was able to make it through the surgery.
Currently, she is paralyzed from the waist down but is in great spirits.
"She is better every day and her attitude is great," her father Mark Brown said.
The support the Brown family has been getting is overwhelming and exciting for them as they have gone through this process.
"A lot of people have said a lot of prayers," Brown said. "It makes you feel good that there are people out there . . . who care enough to just send a card."
Tonight there will be a benefit for Hayle at the Bell Country Expo Center Assembly Hall from 6 – 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 and there will be BBQ, live music and an auction. All the money raised will go to help the Brown family pay for medical bills.
"We don't know yet how much her medical bills will be but it will be (at least) a couple hundred thousand dollars," Brown said
The event is sponsored by Covington Real Estate and Monteith Title & Abstract Company.
Tina Smith of Covington Real Estate is a friend of the Brown family and wanted to help them out with this as much as she could.
"They always volunteered . . . so when this accident happened to his daughter we wanted to go together to help with the medical expenses," she said, "They are such giving and hardworking people."
The benefit being held tonight will be another step in helping the Brown family feel the support of the community while they work through this tragedy.
"I wouldn't have taken it as well if she wasn't so upbeat," Brown said, "I really believe that she will do something great."