A Manitoba mom who braved terrible pain to save her daughter after their car went off an embankment has lost her feet to frostbite.
In an update posted on the GoFundMe page for Kristen Hiebert and her daughter, friend Morgan Campbell says doctors amputated both of Hiebert’s feet above the ankle last week.
“There were and are many emotions that overwhelm the family, but the support shown by all of you kept them strong,” Campbell writes.
Hiebert’s vehicle slid off Highway 23 on Sunday, January 17 while she and her daughter Avery, 4, were on their way home from Boissevain to Glenboro.
They spent the night in the freezing cold temperatures before Hiebert, with multiple broken bones and frostbite, climbed up a steep embankment towards the road to flag down help the next morning.
The pair were flown to hospital in Winnipeg by STARS.
Campbell says Hiebert will soon have her feeding tube removed, but will have to wear a neck brace for a while. The frostbite on her right hand is improving. She is now able to use her left arm, which has a plate inside it.
“She is quite amazing.”
Hiebert’s four-year-old daughter Avery has been discharged from hospital after being treated for some frostbite on her foot.
Campbell says Hiebert is thankful for the support she has received from her home community and others touched by her stories.
“Kristen is overcome with emotion by all of the love shown towards her and her family. She sends her sincerest gratitude to everyone who has donated, sent kind thoughts, words and prayers. She is in awe of your compassion. You have made their ability to recover achievable. Thank you, from the bottom of all our hearts, thank you.”