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Lake Country woman in hit and run still in coma; fundraiser takes off

Ashley Paxman was injured Feb. 18 in a hit and run.
February 25, 2021 - 7:30 AM

The Lake Country woman seriously injured when she was struck by a vehicle while walking home last week is still in a medically-induced coma, but the generosity she’s received from the community is helping buoy the spirits of her support network.

Ashley Paxman, 29, was injured Feb. 18 just after 9 p.m., when a brown Acura driven by an elderly motorist struck her, RCMP said. Paxman was discovered when the driver told someone they thought they may have hit something, sparking a search. An investigation into the matter is ongoing.

Tasha Meuser said Paxman, who’s her cousin, has a bleed on each side of her brain that has the potential for long-term damage and it's looking like it will be a long road to recovery. 

“We are (so) thankful for all the prayers and support from the community,” she said. “The reaction to the GoFundMe has been truly overwhelming.”

To date, more than $25,000 has been raised that will be dedicated to Paxman's ongoing healing.

Meuser described Paxman as a kind soul and a bright light, who was raised in the area. She'd recently lost her dad and was struggling with that.

“People everywhere have been sending their support, prayers and well wishes to Ashley and her family,” she said. “From getting them set up on the Meal Train—an organization I just found out about —(to the) many people who have supported her GoFundMe page, it’s really been an incredible response and is truly heartwarming to see what innovation people come up with the hour of need, to help one another.”

She said it’s helped her closest family members feel as though they are not alone in this. 

While the funds are appreciated, they just really want supporters to pray for Ashley’s recovery.

“She has gone through multiple surgeries to repair damage to her fractured face, mouth and tongue,” she said.

“She’s a fighter but every little prayer helps and is so appreciated.”

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