Essex native, Jessica McCracken, 32, has returned home after recovering from brain trauma in Edmonton, after her car collided with a moose on a dark stretch of Alberta highway in July. McCracken had been working in the oil fields in northern Alberta. Unfortunately, hitting a moose in Alberta is not rare and only a few weeks prior, McCracken had sent a message to her sister that said she almost hit a mother bear and two cubs. Usually, most people don’t survive an accident with a moose. Jessica’s head suffered most of the damage after the moose rolled over the car.
It cost about $29,000 to transport McCracken to Windsor, which was partially covered by her car insurance, and the rest coming from family and fundraising. Her memory is still foggy and she will likely still need months for recovery. She was taken to a rehabilitation facility in Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and when she makes it off the waiting list, she will go to London’s Parkwood Facility for rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries. Because McCracken has an OHIP card, her treatment will likely be covered by the province, but the costs for transportation from Alberta to Ontario will not be. Her parents have been with her since the accident and costs have definitely added up. The family is hoping that having her back with friends and family will help her remember more clearly.
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