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UPDATE: Woman who lost unborn child and legs in crash on Halloween is now awake and alert

UPDATE (November 19, 2019): Anna Bindert has opened her eyes!  The good news was shared with KWWL’s Abby Turpin via Anna’s mom, Jolene, on Facebook early Tuesday evening.

“It’s beyond exciting. They gave her a slim chance of survival. I want all the people who helped save her to know,” Jolene said.

Jolene said Anna’s sister was able to Facetime with Anna today and that Anna said “I love you” at one point.  She also had another surgery and will prepare for another one later this week.

Meanwhile, the GoFundMe page for Anna has now raised $21,700.  The family thanks everyone for their help during this difficult time.


UPDATE (November 11, 2019): The GoFundMe page for Anna Bindert has now raised over $19,000.


UDPATE (November 10, 2019):  The GoFundMe page for Anna Bindert passed $17,000 by 10 p.m. Sunday night, $2,000 passed the original goal.

Bindert’s sister, Christa, said they aren’t planning to raise the goal at the moment, but this could change depending on Bindert’s needs through her recovery process.

They are keeping the GoFundMe open as money raised over the $15,000 goal will go towards prosthetics, which could cost up to $70,000 per leg.

Christa posted this update Saturday:

“Thank you so much to all of you who have donated. I am simply astonished at the generosity of our friends, family, and the surrounding community who may not even know Anna personally. You are all incredible ❤️

I have received several messages telling me I should raise the goal again, because as many people know, when it comes to the continuing long-term medical bills for a catastrophic injury like this, they can be daunting, if not bankrupting.

In the interest of transparency, I truly do not know the extent of Anna’s continued care and medical bills after the initial ICU visit deductible. It will really depend on her condition when she wakes up. She could need anything from a month long “boot camp” rehab then some temporary at home care, to an inpatient stay at a long-term care facility.

Until she wakes up, I don’t want to guess at an amount. The $15k is a goal to cover the known / short-term expenses at this point. But if we happen to go over that goal, I know that every cent of it will be spent on her continued care, home modifications, prosthetics (upwards of $50-70k per leg for an above the knee prosthetic), and other potential medical expenses.

Thank you all again for your support. Please pray. We need Anna to wake up swingin’ and ready for a fight! Hopefully the next update will have some positive news ❤️❤️❤️ -Christa”

UPDATE (November 8, 2019): Over a week after an accident on I-380 severed her legs above the knee, 27-year-old Anna Bindert has not woken up, and the child she was carrying at the time of the crash did not survive.

Her sister, Christa, created a GoFundMe page to help Anna’s husband and 6-year-old daughter.  It states the following:

“Anna Joy was severely injured in a vehicle accident early morning on October 31 while commuting to work, which severed her legs above the knee and caused multiple internal injuries. She and her husband also lost their unborn child in the accident. She is currently stable but critical in the Surgical ICU at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and she has not woken up yet. We have so many amazing friends praying for her to heal, but as the first week has passed, we have noticed some unexpected expenses that will affect Anna’s immediate family in the weeks and months to come.

Anna, her husband David, and 6yo daughter LouAna live about an hour away from the hospital. David travels every day back and forth from the hospital, so he can continue her daughter LouAna’s daily routine as much as possible.

David will be incurring many expenses that will not be covered by health insurance (travel and food expenses while away from home, high parking fees at the hospital, missed time at work, modifications to their home to make it accessible, etc). The family is not sure yet what additional expenses they may encounter or what support is needed, but we do know that there will be many and we want to try and support David and LouAna as much as possible to take care of unexpected expenses. It is unknown how long Anna will be in the hospital at this time, but it will more than likely be greater than a month.

If you cannot donate at this time, we ask that you please pray for her healing, for her husband’s continued strength, and for her daughter LouAna’s courage and faith that her mommy will be okay.

Love and many thanks,

Anna’s Family

Update #1: November 8, 2019. Anna is getting prepped to go back to surgery to close her amputations. She still has still not woken up yet, but the night nurse said she opened her eyes a couple times last night when she said her name. I’m not sure if it’s reflexive, but it is positive progress. I just got to talk to David for the first time about his insurance costs. Their catastrophic injury deductible is $11,000 before their insurance starts to cover anything. I had set a conservative goal, but now I am a little more informed, so I have decided to increase the goal to take as much stress off of David as I can.”

As of Friday night, the account has received almost $7,000 in donations, after being created just one day ago.

If you would like to donate to help Anna and her family, visit the GoFundMe page by clicking here.

KWWL will continue to follow Anna’s recovery.  You can also join the Pray for Anna Facebook page by clicking here.


UPDATE (November 1, 2019): We now know the names of three people injured in a snowy crash along I-380 yesterday.

According to the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, a car lost control near mile marker 68. 27-year-old Anna Bindert was airlifted to a Waterloo hospital, and then taken to an Iowa City hospital, with serious injuries.

64-year-old Maralyn Fagan and 64-year-old William Fagan were also taken to a Waterloo hospital. Their injuries are non-life threatening.


Original story (October 31, 2019):

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL)– Traffic on I-380 southbound near Toddville is at a standstill. There’s also a crash on I-380 southbound between Gilbertville and Brandon.

These are pictures sent in from Storm Track Seven Meteorologist Eileen Loan. We’re not sure if the photos are related to the multiple accidents reported.

This story is developing. Stick with KWWL on air and online as more information becomes available.

Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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