JUST IN: Accident Victim Daisy Mae Was Just Found In A Ravine With A Broken Femur And Rescued By Mutts And Mayhem

While some folks were attending church and others were sleeping in, the amazing volunteers with Mutts and Mayhem were out in the summer heat helping a total stranger. They were stomping through the terrain just off of the Bush Tollway.

Back story: Last Tuesday, Erica Cruz hitched a ride to work with a couple of friends. Her 11-month-old white Labrador named Daisy Mae insisted on tagging along. Suddenly, the car they were riding in was hit from behind by an 18-wheeler. In addition to a sprained ankle and whiplash, Erica’s back was fractured in two places. Luckily, the other passengers got off with minimal injuries. But Daisy Mae couldn’t be found. She wasn’t in the wreckage nor anywhere around. Erica was helpless. She was bed bound and asked for help via social media. The response was spectacular with a lot of friends and strangers pitching in.

A family dog, Daisy Mae had been missing for almost a week after her and her owners were in a car crash in Plano…Daisy has been found but likely has a fractured pelvis and femur. Her left leg is swollen twice the size that it should be and she could no longer walk from her injuries. This is her rescue video courtesy Mutts & Mayhem Animal Rescue.HOW TO HELP: http://on.wfaa.com/2uyiq2P

Posted by WFAA-TV on Sunday, July 16, 2017


For days, the search in the sweltering heat and off-and-on rain continued. Late this morning Daisy Mae was found in a ravine by the rescue group Mutts and Mayhem.

Needless to say, Erica was in tears when she got the news.

Daisy Mae*

In addition to being hot, Daisy couldn’t walk. Carefully, the team took her to the animal ER where they discovered her back femur was broken in several place and would require surgery in the days ahead. But that kind of surgery can be costly, so Mutts and Mayhem has reported that you can go to their donation page and specify under “donation purpose” that the money goes to Daisy’s care.  

BTW, Mutts and Mayhem is a nonprofit animal welfare group that was founded in 2013 by two active-duty paramedics. It relies solely donations. If you could spare the change, they sure could use it.

But let’s cut to the chase. If you were on the way to something or other with your BFF and were in a true-blue accident, wouldn’t you appreciate a come-from-nowhere source of strangers scouring for help? Yep! That’s what everyone thought.

* Photo and video provided by Mutts and Mayhem

Topgolf Initiates Healing Process To Financially Help Dallas Shooting Victims And Their Families

Despite the shock of last night’s shootings, area companies and people are already stepping up to help the victims. The folks at Topgolf have undertaken a “grassroots effort of Dallas businesses supporting local law enforcement after last night’s tragic events downtown.”

According to Topgolf’s Amanda Hill, the Dallas-based company is “pledging $10,000 to the Assist The Officer Foundation, an organization dedicate to making a difference in the lives of families of fallen officers… We’re asking other Dallas-based businesses to join us in donating to the Assist the Officer Foundation.”

There are 12 families, whose lives have been shaken to the core within the last 18 hours. While the emotional loss is daunting, the financial impact is something that the community can assist by donating here.

The foundation provides such services and programs as confidential counseling program, finance assistance (injury/illness), Dallas officer/reserve death benefits (on or off-duty) and line-of-duty benefits.

And this opportunity to help is not limited to companies. Individuals are more than welcome to donate.

Thank you, Topgolf, for providing the input of information and seed money. It is an important step in the healing process.

Update On Kristina Bowman

Inquiries have been flooding in about the status of photographer Kristina Bowman, who took a nasty spill Saturday morning at The Dallas Opera First Night after party.

Short answer: As of this afternoon, she is at Presbyterian Hospital in Hamon Tower following surgery on Wednesday.

Long answer: Kristina was taken to Baylor’s ER Saturday morning, where the staff said the break of her right kneecap was so severe they felt a specialist was needed. As one doctor told her, if she had taken a chisel and hammer and hit the sweet spot, she couldn’t have done more damage.She was sent home with pain killers because there was a lot of pain. BTW, her bedroom and bath are upstairs, but she struggled to make it to bed.

As soon as possible, she got into see a specialist on Tuesday expecting to go home and return for surgery. But, no! The doctor sent her straight to Presbyterian, where surgery was performed Wednesday morning. It wasn’t until Kristina was under that they discovered the damage to the knee was far worse than the X-rays initially showed. Her 34-year-old (“I’m old enough to be his mother!” -Kristina) surgeon, Dr. Donald Hohman, was amazed that she endured the pain.

She was told that this operation would be just the first of several, a blood clot was discovered under her knee and the knee was to remain totally immobile for eight weeks. Then they would decide how to proceed.

Liz Perales and Kristina Bowman

Liz Perales and Kristina Bowman

The good news is that Kristina’s longtime partner Liz Perales, who was scheduled for surgery herself, has postponed it and has been by her side throughout. Kristina has received calls from loads of friends and even this morning Jack Knox was at her bedside with a box of La Madeleine goodies and a Café Pacific sweatshirt.

On the not-so-good-news side is that this time of year is the peak season for photographers and her income is pretty well shot. No, take that back. It’s really shot (no pun intended). Kristina has no idea how much business she’s lost, since clients are already scheduling other photographers when they would have used her. (Suggestion: If you were going to use Kristina, let her know, so she can know you were thinking of her.)

Now that Kristina is recovering from surgery, she’s accepting visitors, calls, cards and good thoughts. You might want to call to make sure that she’s still at Presby and that she’s not sleeping.

Dr. Karen McClard And Michael Hefton Discussed Trauma Treatments For Children At The Children’s Trust Luncheon

To be a parent nowadays is to take on one of the most daunting responsibilities around.

And it should be. Forget the Beaver Cleaver days when a chocolate-chip cookie or a pat on the head solved all the world’s problems.

Karen McClard

Karen McClard

On Tuesday, September 15, The Children’s Trust had nearly 60 guests for lunch and a session with Dr. Karen McClard, who had herself been a patient at Children’s when she was six weeks old with a heart murmur. Eventually she had open heart surgery at 5. While some kids would gotten their fill of hospitals and doctors, Karen embraced it wholeheartedly, becoming a pediatrician.

Throughout the lunch, Karen emphasized the need for moms to rely on their gut feelings and to call their pediatricians when something just isn’t right with their munchkin.

The focus of the discussion was childhood trauma and emergency solutions. Acknowledging that the three obvious reasons to take a child to an emergency room were if

  • The child is turning blue or can’t breathe.
  • The bone is sticking out.
  • There’s so much blood “you need a mop.”

Karen emphasized the fact that too often when a childhood trauma takes place, the distraught parent takes them to an “adult” medical facility nearest the house or incident. Just as the Laura Bush Institute for Women’s Health has promoted time and time again the gender differences in diagnosing and treating men vs. women, so that attitude should be applied to children vs. adult situations. Too often child patients end up, through no fault of adult physicians, receiving adult treatment that may be too much for their still developing bodies.

Michael Hefton

Michael Hefton

Karen stressed the need to contact the pediatrician in cases of emergency, so the receiving medical facility will be alerted and prepared for the situation.

Regarding the recent development of “emergency rooms” that have popped up in the area, she voiced concern that while they were great in many regards, they probably didn’t have a pediatric expert.

Joining Karen at the dais was Children’s Associate Chief Nursing Officer/VP Michael Hefton. Like Karen, he “grew up in a hospital” having survived leukemia. He explained that “Children’s is an academic medical center. It is the only academically affiliated medical center pediatric health system in North Texas. We are associated with UT Southwestern’s medical school.”

About 60% of the children needing trauma care are male and the average age is 6 years old.

Then he reeled out the breakdown of traumatic cases that Children’s encountered in 2014:

  • 133 sports injuries
  • 50 dog bites
  • 190 motor vehicle accidents
  • 66 motor/pedestrian accidents
  • 55 ATV accidents
  • 17 gunshot injuries
  • 71 abuse cases
  • 594 falls
  • 73 bicycle injuries
  • 218 struck by objects
  • 73 trampoline injuries

He then told of all the preventive programs that Children’s offers, including how to properly fit a car seat and pool safety.

In the Q&A session, the parents proved they are being pretty darn savvy about today’s potential dangers. One mom told how her young son had been discovered face down in the pool. Luckily, he was found early enough that all seemed right and she checked with her doctor that they were out of danger. However, a few hours later he started showing physical signs that were distressing and he was taken to the doctor. Thanks to his parents’ monitoring, he was saved from what is called “dry drowning.”

Another concern was allergic reactions. Karen said the best way was to test food allergies — shellfish, peanut butter and scrambled eggs — in small quantities early in the day to see if there is a reaction. She told how some parents have driven to her office parking lot to test their child in the car.

Regarding concussions, she said anytime a child vomits, loses consciousness, has pupils that don’t match and/or experiences a seizure should result in an ER trip.

Yes, today’s parents are true champions in their children’s lives, and they rely on pediatricians and specialized trauma facilities to back them up when an emergency arises.

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children

“As an organization, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) is well-known for the care we provide to children. Each day, our 800 employees assisted by hundreds of dedicated volunteers strive to improve lives and give children back their childhood. We are supported by kind donors throughout the community who give generously to further our mission. Yet our staff is equally committed to our task, giving not only time and talent as part of their daily duties, but paying it forward by giving back through the hospital’s annual Lend Our Hand Employee and Volunteer Giving Campaign.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children*

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children*

“Lend Our Hand is conducted each September, and not coincidentally, scheduled to coincide with North Texas Giving Day on September 17. While daily prize drawings, small incentive items and the promise of free food are definitely fantastic motivators, nothing is more motivating than the opportunity to maximize a gift to our organization. North Texas Giving Day entices old donors back and brings new donors pouring in! Together with friends in our community, TSRHC employees and volunteers have contributed more than $225,000 to the hospital on North Texas Giving Day since the program’s inception. These gifts were made even more meaningful with bonus funds awarded by Communities Foundation of Texas. In one strategically-planned day, we’ve been able to raise enough money to continue or expand valuable patient programs, purchase much-needed equipment and support some of our ground-breaking research.

Lend Our Hand Leaders

Lend Our Hand Leaders*

“This year, we’re thrilled to once again be participating in North Texas Giving Day and pleased that we can offer our employees, supporters and volunteers the opportunity to earn bonus funds on their donations. Our 2015 Lend Our Hand kickoff carnival will be filled to the brim with fellowship, food, games, and prizes…but nothing is more rewarding or motivating to our staff than knowing they’ve made a gift that has made life better for a child. Lending Our Hand on North Texas Giving Day is our favorite way to get up and give!”

-By Stephanie Brigger, Vice President of Development

* Photo credit: Lee Baker/Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Michal Powell May Have Gotten The Very Best Gift Of The Season

Michal Powell’s Christmas gift came early. The 2015 Crystal Charity Ball chair thought she was just going to the Dallas Country Club for dinner on Tuesday, December 2, with husband Loyd. No big deal. But then she walked into a private dining room and discovered 22 very close friends and family including Baylor Health Care System CEO Joel Allison and Baylor Health Care System Foundation President Robin Robinson.

Loyd and Michal Powell (File photo)

Loyd and Michal Powell (File photo)

The occasion? More about that later. First a little history.

It seems that a couple of years ago, CCB received an application to provide funding for North Texas babies diagnosed with spina bifida to have surgery while in-utero. It was an amazing operation available in Houston but not North Texas, forcing mothers to relocate for surgery and post-op monitoring. This meant mothers were separated from their husbands and their families in most cases for weeks and possibly months.

However, Dr. Kevin Magee and his Fetal Care Center at Baylor were on the brink of providing a breathtaking procedure. It had the baby no-bigger-than-a-Barbie-Doll being literally taken out of the womb and a pediatric surgeon sealing the spine’s opening.

Unfortunately, because of so many requests, this one just didn’t make the CCB cut.

It was during her volunteer work at Camp John Marc that Michal witnessed how devastating the birth defect was and how the surgery could truly make a dramatic difference in the children’s lives and those of their families. No, none of Michal’s family had suffered from the disease, but that didn’t matter. She wanted to do more. Husband Loyd understood and deeply appreciated his wife’s personal and emotional involvement. But what could he do? He was an oilman, not a doctor. So, he reached out to Joel and Robin for a solution.

Back to the Dallas Country Club. The real reason for the get-together was to tell Michal that Loyd had made “two nice gifts” to make the surgeries possible at Baylor. There were no photographers to capture the tears, surprise and embraces. Cameras weren’t necessary because no one present would ever forget the reactions of all in the room.

It was truly the kind of gift that reflects the season. Loyd gave Michal the gift that allowed her to provide others with life-changing happiness. Better than “The Gift of the Magi.”

North Texas Giving Day Booster: Children’s Craniofacial Association

Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA) is excited to be taking part again on September 18 for this year’s North Texas Giving Day.

“CCA is celebrating our 25th Anniversary of ’empowering and giving hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences.’ We envision a world where all people are accepted for who they are, not how they look. Founded in 1989 here in Dallas, Children’s Craniofacial Association is the premier national organization addressing the medical, financial, emotional, psychosocial and educational issues related to craniofacial conditions.

Children's Craniofacial Association*

Children’s Craniofacial Association*

“There are well over 1,000 families in North Texas who are affected by facial differences and CCA stands ready to help with programs and services for the entire family and regardless of whether an affected individual is a child or adult. (Our name sprang from the fact that most conditions are present at birth and must be addressed during childhood).

“CCA children will average 25-40 surgeries before they reach adulthood. While CCA offers their families a multitude of services including financial assistance, a list of qualified medical care providers, education materials and much more, one of our less medicinal and wonderful events that Giving Day funds go to is our holiday party which we hold in conjunction with area hospitals and craniofacial team physicians. Last year over 500 families joined us out at South Fork Ranch in Parker, Texas, for crafts, cookies, an early stocking stuffer from Santa and the all-important photo on Santa’s lap.

Santa with Dominika and Jessica*

Santa with Dominika and Jessica*

“But, this isn’t just any kind of party. While some would think it’s an irritating task to have to stand in line at the mall for a photo on Santa’s lap, parents of children with facial differences, it’s also painful to watch the staring endured by their children if they try waiting in the mall lines. This is why the big ‘private’ party is such a welcome tradition instead for these families and over the years it has become extremely popular!

“We welcome newcomers to “Get Up and Give” this September 18th and to everyone who does, ‘Thank you!’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk8V2VzrxqM

-By Charlene Smith, Children’s Craniofacial Association Executive Director

* Graphic and photo provided by Children's Craniofacial Association

Both Mayor Mike Rawlings And Vogel Alcove Are Going To Celebrate “Refurbishings” On August 21

Mike Rawlings (File photo)

Mike Rawlings (File photo)

UPDATE: Just heard from Mayor Mike’s Manager of Public Affairs and Communications Sam Merten that, “Mayor Rawlings will not be attending the Vogel Alcove event because he will be recovering from surgery.” Somebody better tell the Vogel Alcove folks to edit their program.

Mayor Mike Rawlings is slated to have his hip replaced on Thursday, August 14. Get healed cards can be sent to his office. He’d better mend quickly because his schedule is still rocking and rolling.

For instance on Thursday, August 21, he’s scheduled to join City Councilman Adam Medrano to dedicate Vogel Alcove’s recently renovated childcare center at the 95-year-old City Park Elementary. Closed in 2012 by the DISD, the school was leased by Vogel Alcove. According to a Dallas Morning News story, “’They actually approached us initially wanting to buy the facility,’ said Orlando Alameda, director of Real Property Management for Dallas ISD.

Future home of Vogel Alcove

Future home of Vogel Alcove

“The district, Alameda said, wasn’t in a position to want to sell the school, which is near Dallas Heritage Village. But they did agree to a five-year lease, with additional five-year extensions, he said.”

By renovating the former elementary school into the new facility, Vogel Alcove saved more than $12M. The new digs will allow Vogel Alcove to “increase enrollment to 200 children and add after-school and school-age programming starting this fall.

The following Sunday Monday (August 2425), Big Mike will celebrate birthday #5960.