6-year-old Aubrey Scaletta, from Virginia, survived a horrific accident last month while playing with a belt in a moving pickup truck. The belt flew out the truck window and wrapped itself around the driveshaft, nearly yanking her out of the vehicle and severing her feet.
The Virginia State Police Association requested contributions to the VSPA Emergency Relief Fund since Aubrey’s father is a soldier, and said the girl was “flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for emergency surgery” on May 17 “to repair her amputated feet.”
“The injuries are horrifying and painful for everyone involved,” the VSPA added in its statement. “Aubrey, Aubrey’s sister and Aubrey’s parents are having a really hard time coming to terms with this painful tragedy. They need our love and our financial help.”
Aubrey reportedly required six hours of surgery to save her feet. The VSPA informed the local NBC affiliate WSLS that her limbs “appear to be well supplied with blood after reattachment.” However, she remains in the hospital and has a long road to recovery ahead of her.
The girl is currently in the hospital’s children’s ward “and will likely remain in the hospital for a while.” According to a GoFundMe campaign to help fund her medical expenses. It was also revealed that Aubrey has between 10 and 15 surgeries ahead of him.
Aubrey was initially on a ventilator and was tube fed for several days after the accident. She underwent eight blood transfusions and required iron supplements during that time, her mother Lauren Scaletta wrote on GoFundMe on May 22.
The fundraiser has already reached $71,000 of its $75,000 goal.
The ordeal “was both the longest day and the shortest day of our lives,” Lauren Scaletta wrote on May 25. “We held our breath… most of the time we were in intensive care. Everyone did their best to take care of our girl and we couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.”
She shared the encouraging news that Aubrey should be “walking with braces, walkers and other things by Christmas”!
“Aubrey is our little miracle,” her mother wrote on Wednesday. “She has proved to be the strongest of us in all her trials over the past two weeks. She will do amazing things and this will be an obstacle in her path that has made her tougher.”