SURREY – In a split-second, Kaureen Lamy’s life changed forever.
The 35-year-old was on her way to work and waiting for a bus near 148th Street and 88th Avenue in Surrey on June 30 when a Toyota Tacoma pickup barrelled into her, sending her to the ICU at Royal Columbian Hospital and causing both legs to be amputated below the knees.
Now family and friends are rallying behind the injured woman.
"She’s a fighter," said Lamy’s mom, Johanne Michelin, noting Lamy has had two openheart surgeries in the past.
Lamy remains sedated and on a ventilator. On Monday, she will undergo surgery because her right stump has developed an infection.
On Sunday, Lamy’s boss, Shannon O’Reilly, held a fundraiser at Uptown Dawg, a doggie daycare in Port Moody, to help raise funds for Lamy’s rent and other medical costs. O’Reilly hadn’t tallied the donations yet, but believes they will be at least $5,000.
"We had such an outpouring from the community, it’s insane," said O’Reilly.
Lamy’s sister, Annick Lamy Wedley, also created a page on GoFundMe to raise money for Lamy’s future medical expenses and care. The campaign has raised $5,800 in 11 days, surpassing its initial goal of $2,000. The probe into the crash is still under investigation.