Family of hospitalized UNC senior turns to community for help

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 01:05 PM

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior has been hospitalized for almost three weeks for treatment of severe head injuries after a car accident in Durham. Her family is turning to the community for help with medical costs.

Jacquelyn Segovia, 21, was transported to the hospital after the accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. Aug. 5. She was driving a 2001 Honda Accord when she lost control of the car on U.S. 15-501 North, south of Morreene Road.
In an email, Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael said the car ran off the the side of the road, flipped, and struck a highway sign post and utility pole.
Her sister, Jenny Segovia, said she’s receiving treatment in the Duke Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit. She said Jacquelyn is in an induced a coma, and staff is trying to manage the swelling in her brain to prevent further injury.
They hope that she will recover her brain function and ability, Jenny said, but it’s likely that Jacquelyn will need intensive rehabilitation therapy. Jenny said she’s been told it’s likely that Jacquelyn will likely live with some form of disability.
“Personally, we have strong faith in God,” she said. “I honestly feel … in my heart that God is going to heal her. We have faith in God that she will be healed to become the (Jacquelyn) that we know and love.”
To help with medical costs, her cousin, Jessica Aleman of New Jersey, started an online crowdfunding campaign through the website http://www.gofundme.com/d07bsg. They’ve raised about $1,800 through the site, GoFundMe, out of a goal of $70,000.
While Aleman said Jacquelyn was expected to have health insurance coverage starting in September, she did not have insurance at the time of her accident.
“I take care of patients like Jackie with severe head trauma and traumatic brain injury,” said Jenny, a nurse. “So I see firsthand how long and how hard it is for these patients to recover and to be able to do their activities and daily living for themselves. And all those medical costs – it gets expensive.”
Jenny said Jacquelyn has friends and family that have come to visit her, including her twin sister, Marilyn. Aleman flew down from New Jersey on the day of the accident.
“She was very fun, outgoing … she cared about everybody,” Aleman said. “She was very popular. She came in the room she lit up the room with her smile. When she wakes up, that’s what we want to see – we want to see her big smile, and everybody can tell you the same thing.”