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Medical fund for Nachele Slaughter

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Raised by 29 people in 11 months
Created 29 June 2018
Slaughter the Bills for Nachele
on behalf of William Slaughter
On June 27, 2018 at 3:15pm  Nachele Slaughter experienced a blackout while driving home to her family.
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It was a single-vehicle accident and only Nachele was injured. 

There was no property damage besides a chain-link fence, which stopped Nachele’s Chevy Trail Blazer from driving into a small empty property and, potentially, into an irrigation canal.

When the vehicle hit the fence – the fence pole at the top of the chain-link fence went through the front windshield, impaled Nachele’s upper-left shoulder and exited out her upper back on her left side.

But wait, there’s more….

The vehicle continued to push forward down the fence-line and roughly 55 feet of the fence-pole passed through Nachele’s shoulder and went out the back windshield of her Trail Blazer.

To get Nachele out of the Chevy, Paramedics used the “Jaws of Life” to cut off the doors of the truck and the door jamb, also to cut off parts of the steering wheel, and also to cut off the fence post - front and back - of Nachele’s body to be able to remove her from the vehicle.


In the O.R., the Trauma Doctors called the Engineering Department of the Hospital to bring a “metal saw” and grinder into the O.R. and cut the pinched end of the pipe off and smooth off the end so that they could pull the pipe out of her shoulder without more damage.  X-Rays and other imagery followed to see if there were any significant organs, blood vessels or other connective tissues were damaged. 

Fortunately, it was mostly tissue damage.

The pipe broke Nachele’s collarbone and a couple of ribs, which caused a partially collapsed left lung.  They had to insert a chest tube to re-inflate her lung, which worked (!)  Yaay!

Nachele has had 2 surgeries. The first was to remove the pipe/major debris.  The second surgery was to clean out more debris and see if she needed a “wound pump”, or if it would just heal up on it’s own – which, yes, it will heal up on it’s own (very major wound).

Nachele is recovering at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.  We don’t have an anticipated release date yet.


Quick Mention:  Very fortunately, there was a Physicians’ Assistant (Chelsea Wood, P.A.) and Dr. Ronald Higginbotham - from a clinic across the street who rendered first aid, including stopping much of the bleeding.  Thank you to both of them.

Thank you to our Awesome Extended Family and 

friends for your help, for your prayers and for all your generosity.


God bless you every one.

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Hi this is William Slaughter - here to give you an update on Nachele Slaughter.

I'm not sure if I posted this before - Nachele came home on Thursday July 5th in the afternoon — and can you guess is it (?) - after having a steel pipe pass through her body she is STILL in a LOT of pain,

When the home health nurse changed her dressing I got to see the actual wounds for the first time since the accident (when I saw the pipe going in her on the front and coming out of her on the back). “Gross” to some — but in terms of gigantic scars on the body they'll be kind of cool.

I counted 13 stitches on the back when I think 21 on the front. I'll double-check my count next time we change the dressing. I took a couple of pictures of the wounds with the stitching - “ouch” really jumps out at’cha when you see that. “Dang, Gina!” The pictures are quite close up like you can see detail of where the skin is pushed back together,

I don't think I've mentioned this before - but in addition to the pipe that was in her body there was one of those metal twist ties that actually hold the chain link to the pipe on a chain link fence so I've got one of those now, too.

Nachele is sleeping a LOT and we've gotten roughly 6 or 7 hours of sleep in every 24 hour. She's in too much pain to really sleep constantly.

The Saint Alphonsus Pain Management Office prescribed pain medication that was supposed to last through the weekend - which is 4 days - but they actually prescribed her 30 pills total, instructions are that she was to take 4 pills every 3 hours as needed. Not EVEN enough to carry her into day TWO - much less FOUR DAYS. They gave her a whopping total of 30 pills - so she ran out of those in one day and had to live with a total of 5 pills for the last 24 hours before I could get over to the pharmacy to pick up her regular pain prescription. Ugh.

Even the home health nurse was surprised and made some calls to see if she could reach the doctor, a doctor, ANY doctor to try to get Nachele's prescription updated for refill. but to no avail because the Saint Alphonsus pain management office closes at 1 p.m. on a Friday, and all you can do is leave a message ( which of course they don't return the call).

I have to go run some errands, so I have to sign off now - I’ll get more update out in a little while.

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6/29/2018 - So last evening Nachele feeling the pain a bit more - even with meds - when they had to move her some, was so hard on us also, even though it has to be done. Today they went in and cleaned any more debris out. The wound (entry and exit) was able to be "closed up" and she doesn't need a wound pump. There IS a drainage tube and bottle, but it's slowing quite a bit.
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Raised by 29 people in 11 months
Created 29 June 2018
Slaughter the Bills for Nachele
on behalf of William Slaughter
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