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Rebecca Aleck Koltun Needs Your Help

At age 21, due to a tragic accident, Rebecca is paralyzed from the neck down and unable to breathe on her own. Please help her get the spinal cord injury care and rehab she so urgently needs. ( If you want to follow Rebecca’s journey to recovery, scroll down and click “Subscribe”)
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April 10, 2021

Dear Friends and Family:

Today is four weeks since Becca’s accident and the day we began this new phase in our lives. Without getting too deep or philosophical I choose to look at is as the day our Rebecca was reborn.

Audrey and I continue to take it day by day here in Boston. The fact that Rebecca can eat solid food and enjoy it is a game changer. As she told me yesterday she is now gaining the power and ability to control her diet which is very important to her. She is still receiving tube feedings however.

As many of you know talking has been difficult for her with the ventilator however when the vent is adjusted in a certain way she is able to speak and is getting quite adept at it. Yesterday with the assistance of the adaptive tech person and voice conrol through her cell phone she was able to text independently. This is also huge. When she does speak it sounds like her voice.

Rebecca just completed her first full work week here at Spaulding. Everyday is busy for her between PT, OT, Speech and Respiratory. Yesterday she got to go outside for a while on a portable vent and that was great. We continue to hear from the friends that we made at Dartmouth Hitchcock and the medical clinic at Stratton who are all so interested in Rebecca and her progress. That is heartwarming to us.

I have come to realize that while this is a story about Rebecca, it is also a story about Audrey and I. After 26 days staying at Marriott Residence Inns both in New Hampshire and Boston we have moved to a nice apartment provided to us by Spaulding across the street from the hospital. While we have nothing against Marriott Residence Inns, we did get tired of eating Cheerios out of a box and powdered eggs for breakfast. I am looking forward to seeing my new points total. I can not count the number of times that I left my key card in the room locking myself out.

The visitor policy at Spaulding is pretty strict due to Covid but we were able to get permission for a dear friend of Becca’s who goes to school in Boston to visit her today. We are grateful for that. This will be wonderful for Rebecca as she misses her friends.

Once again we want to thank everyone for their wonderful support whether it is sending us meals, donating to the fund, sending us messages, keeping in touch or praying for Rebecca, it keeps us going.

Love to all, Audrey, Scott and Erik.

April 7, 2021

Once again we must thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for all the support and love you have shown us throughout this terrible ordeal. It has lifted our spirits and helped carry us through this journey. It has provided us some degree of solace in these rough days.

Today our Rebecca was cleared and was able to eat solid food for the first time since her accident. This was a big step in the direction of progress. It made us all so happy. Rebecca has been at Spaulding Rehab now for six days. She receives physical and occupational therapy every day. She also works with a speech pathologist and a respiratory therapist daily. So far we are pleased with the professionalism and dedication of all the caregivers at Spaulding.

Please continue your prayers and thoughts for our wonderful Rebecca. Love Audrey, Scott and Erik

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April 15, 2021

Rebecca, You have such a beautiful smile. I will be thinking of you often and hope the best for your future. Robert

ROBERT SENDLEIN

April 15, 2021

Rebecca and all the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Maureen Fradkin

April 15, 2021

Just read your latest updates. Thank you so much for sharing . We think about you guys all the time. Sending you love and hugs from NJ, cousins Lisa and Jeff

Lisa Klein

April 15, 2021

Friend of the Scheibel Family. My prayers for Rebecca and family.

Jeanine Levine

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