Life changed in an instant Nov. 27, 2016, for “Eli” McMahan, of Loganville. The 6-year-old was in the car with his mother and sister when they were in a wreck at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 78 in Loganville. His mother, sister and the driver in the other vehicle involved received relatively minor injures, but Eli was not so lucky. He had to be extricated from the Hyundai Santa Fe he was trapped in and transported by air ambulance to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in a critical condition.
According to updates on the Facebook page, Helping Hands for Elijah, his injuries include a broken leg and a severe traumatic brain injury. He has been kept in a medically induced coma for the time being and has a long road ahead in his recovery. One positive sign Thursday was that doctors decided he was sufficiently stable to make the necessary repairs to his broken leg.
“Apparently because Elijah’s head trauma is stable they are going to fix his leg today!!! Thank you all for your prayers and support,” his mother, Krystle Schake, wrote on the Facebook page. “Our whole family and Elijah love you for it. Keep praying!! The Lord is so awesome.”
Family members are taking turns at the hospital to ensure someone is there around the clock, something that is putting extra financial pressure on them. Schake, who has her own house cleaning business, is unable to work at the moment either, but friends and family have quickly rallied around the family. A Youcaring page has been set up and several fundraising events are already planned.
“The prognosis at this point is undetermined. The doctors say it’s just a game of wait and see now. So for the foreseeable future, Eli and his family will be making Egelston their new home,” Julie Barry wrote when setting up the Youcaring page. “We are not sure yet what the expenses for Eli’s longterm care will be. But his mother cannot work and be by his side at the same time so she will need funds to cover the basic expenses of living like food, gas, and a hotel room close to the hosptial every once in a while so she can rest for the next few months at least. Any donations will go directly to the family to ensure that these things are met.”
Chick-Fil-A in Loganville is having a Fundraiser Night for Elijah from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 to help in the expenses the family will incur during Eli’s recovery. Also, Atmosphere in Loganville will have a charity poker tournament for Eli and his family, beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. There is a $50 buy in with half the money going towards the fundraiser and the other half going towards the prize pool. The family also has had friends who are Uber drivers offer to drive them to and from the hospital.
Any help Eli and his family can get right now is much appreciated, including the thousands of prayers they have received – some of them as far away as Japan, according to the family. You can keep up with Eli’s progress through the Facebook page, Helping Hands for Elijah.