Brielle Money, the daughter of former “Bachelor” contestant Michelle Money, is walking and talking again after her skateboarding accident in March.
Wednesday on Instagram, Brielle’s father and Michelle’s ex, Ryan, posted a positive update on his 15-year-old daughter, who 10 days ago was immobile and mute.
“With the coronavirus, Brielle’s siblings came to visit her but had to stay outside,” Ryan captioned a photo of Brielle’s siblings holding supportive signs outside of the hospital.
“Brielle is absolutely crushing our expectations,” he continued. “Everything that we were prepared for she is blowing out of the water. To think that 10 days ago she hadn’t moved and we had not heard her speak, and she is now walking and talking and it would be hard for you to tell that she was just 3 weeks out from an accident.”
Ryan adds that all medical machines have been removed from Brielle’s body, including “the sensor in her head, the drain in her head, the pic line in her leg, the IVs in both arms and foot, the breathing tube and the feeding tube.”
“ALL GONE!” he exclaimed.
Though he believes Brielle will be able to come home next week, the teenager will continue her process of recovery, which means she will not be able play sports or do physical activity like bike riding for six months to a year.
However, he notes that this sacrifice “is a small price to pay for the injury she sustained.”
Ryan also gave thanks to fans who have supported his family throughout this harrowing ordeal.
“WE LOVE YOU. We owe you more than we can repay so grateful for all the good that was poured out upon us! Thank you!!” he wrote.
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Update April 22Picture: WIth the coronavirus, Brielle's siblings came to visit her but had to stay outside...Brielle is absolutely crushing our expectations. Everything that we were prepared for she is blowing out of the water. To think that 10 days ago she hadn't moved and we had not heard her speak, and she is now walking and talking and it would be hard for you to tell that she was just 3 weeks out from an accident. She proudly proclaims, "I do not have one tube hooked up to me anymore." The sensor in her head, the drain in her head, the pic line in her leg, the IVs in both arms and foot, the breathing tube and the feeding tube are ALL GONE! Nobody is more excited about this than she is. Ever since the tubes have been gone we have not been able to keep her down. We think that she will be able to come home next week sometime. She will continue to work on getting her full strength back, but we are confident that she will get there. The doctors have talked with us about being extremely cautious for 6 months to a year, no riding bikes, running, sports for her, but that is a small price to pay for the injury she sustained. We continue to have a place in our heart for all of you out there who helped Brielle and us get through this. As a parent, I cannot tell you in words what this whole experience has been like, from watching her in the ICU to the first time she moved, talked and then moved to the NTU, to receiving your prayers, fasts, thoughts and energy. WE LOVE YOU. We owe you more than we can repay so grateful for all the good that was poured out upon us! Thank you!!
In late March, Michelle announced that her daughter was on life support after suffering serious brain trauma and a fractured skull from her accident.
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Brielle was in terrible skateboarding accident and is in the ICU on life support. She suffered a serious brain trauma and a fractured skull. She is in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure in her brain. She is in amazing hands up at Primary Children’s Hospital. Please- I am asking for prayers. I believe in the power of communication with whatever God you believe in. The energy of your conscious focus to send healing to my daughter is real. In whatever form you commune with your Higher Power, please as a desperate mother, I am begging you to do so. She needs support and healing right now. And if you could send one up for me as well, I would appreciate it. This is the worst experience of my life. ALWAYS MAKE THEM WEAR THE HELMET. ALWAYS. EVEN WHEN THEY PUSH BACK. Thank you to the neighbors who happened to be on a walk and found her and called 911. You will never understand. I would not have found her in time. My heart is forever grateful. Thank you to all of you who have sent prayers and messages and love. Brielle has been through so much already this year. She has proven how strong she is. I know she will pull through. #PrayForBrie
Brielle then had to undergo surgery to “remove fluid from her brain” as “her brain just has so much swelling.”
After Brielle had her breathing tube removed and was weaned off of most of her medication on April 10, she was relocated to the hospital’s neuroscience trauma unit two days later.
Sending love and positive energy to Brielle amid her recovery.