GREAT FALLS — An incredible group of ICU nurses started a fundraiser that has already raised more than $45,000 for coworker Jessie Racicot after she suffered a freak accident on Saturday, June 18th.
Jessie was kayaking with her husband Frank, best friend Schannon, and her family when a thunderstorm moved in. Jessie and Frank were securing their kayak to the top of their truck when a lightning bolt struck her directly and impacted Frank.
Bethany Evans and Kayla Pocha are ICU nurses that work alongside Jessie. Bethany said, “This happened on Saturday, and I was at work, and we were all kind of called into our report room saying that, hey, there’s a trauma coming in, and it’s one of your coworkers.” Not expecting to see one of their own in critical condition, the pair of nurses jumped at the chance to help.
Evans added, “We knew she was going be transferred out. And so, we had to figure out some type of way to help, you know, and it’s going to be a long road. It’s going to require a lot of, you know, recovery time. And there’s a lot of expenses that come with an injury like this, you know, and time off work and lost wages and all those things.”
Scrambling to find the best way to take action, they created a GoFundMe page in hopes they could help raise money to offset the medical costs of this unimaginable situation, with the National Weather Service reporting that there is a 1 in 15,300 chance of being hit by lightning in your lifetime.
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