We just got word from Honduras that while doing a more thorough physical examination of Reina doctors discovered that she also has a broken left arm, specifically the ulna bone, that has previously been undiagnosed at the Public Hospital. We're very thankful that Reina is getting quality care in the private hospital but we're sad to know that this fracture will also require surgery to repair. Currently plans are being made for surgery on Thursday. At the same time they'll operate on a broken finger on her right hand. Please continue to pray for Reina's complete healing.
September 8 Morning Update:
This news was just recieved from Honduras. Reina just underwent another surgery and more tissue of her thigh continues to die. We need urgent prayers for Reina's body to fight, for her leg to survive, so that she will not lose her leg. The surgeon also reports that the damaged knee, previously thought to be able to survive, will not survive and that her knee will have to be fused. A prosthetic knee is not an option in Honduras. We ask you to pray specifically for Reina's knee to heal and to amaze the surgeons. We ask you to pray for Reina's tissue to heal and that no more will have to be removed. We aks you to pray for Reina's leg to survive the incredible trauma that it has been through.
On Friday, September 5, at the Honduras Medical Center, Reina was stable enough to have surgery again after receiving blood transfusions. When they opened up her leg, they found a lot of infected tissue, both muscle and bone tissue that had already died.
The surgeons had to remove 37% of her vastus lateralis muscle (this is the main muscle of your "quads" or your thigh muscle) that had died. There were also several different pieces of bone from her femur that had died, her femur is fractured into 9 fragments and it was some of those that had to be removed.
Due to the extent of the dead bone fragments that had to be removed Reina will need a bone transplant. Human bone from a cadaver will be collected and processed and then this bone will be grafted onto her healthy bone.
Another huge challenge is that at the end of the femur, where it inserts into the knee, there are two condyles, and one is crushed in three fragments that are in the process of dying (see diagram below). These fragments all need to survive --- according to the surgeon it is possible that "bathing" the bone fragments with blood will allow them to get the oxygen and nutrients they need to recuperate rather than actually die. It is the medial condyle that is in three fragments and is dying, and the lateral condyle is intact. We need people to pray that the medial condyle fragments will recover, rather than die.
After the surgery Reina had to be transfused with another unit of blood because she did have blood loss. Reina will be undergoing more surgeries over the next few days to continue to remove dead tissue and bone fragments as well as to irrigate the bones that are struggling to survive.
One good piece of news is that neurologically Reina is ok. We were unsure of the extent of her head trauma when she was at the public hospital. Reina has now had a CTA exam and over all the trauma to her head is not as extensive as we first feared. Her third cranial nerve has been damaged and this is what is preventing her from opening her right eye. The neurologist believes that this can recover over a period of months and she will need rehab for that.
Please continue to pray for Reina’s healing. She is still at great risk of a severe bone infection. Daily cultures of her infection are being taken in order to fight it effectively. A sever bone infection can be life threatening, especially when your injuries are as severe as Reinas.
Also, please continue to spread the word about the support needed for Reina. As of this morning we’re raised a total of $20,540. Our goal is $75,000.
Donations can be made online HERE or the can be mailed to:
1113 Harpeth Industrial Ct.
Franklin, TN 37064
On Thursday, September 5, Reina was moved to a private hospital where she'll be able to receive adequate and competent care. The initial assessment by the attending physicians is that we need to plan to cover medical expenses that will probably reach $75,000 over the next few months. Support that started coming in on Sunday, August 31, has been overwhelming, and it was this outpouring of financial support that allowed us to make the decision to go ahead and transfer Reina.
We still have a ways to go for covering Reina's medical expenses. You can helping by making an online DONATION now.
I arrived in Honduras this past Sunday, one day after learning of brother Wilfredo’s tragic death. Upon arrival we drove straight to the village of Los Colorados for the funeral. It appeared as if a dignitary had died, the road was lined with cars and trucks, the church was packed with people and the grounds of the church were covered with people as well. Truly a testimony to the way that Wilfredo and Reina ministered to everyone around them.
Monday was spent navigating the justice system of a town in a developing nation. After spending a great deal of time at the Transit Police Headquarters we were sent away to the District Attorney’s office. Here we waited, literally, for two hours for the attorney handling the case for the government to meet with us. Once we were in his office he was very helpful. We were allowed to review the file and learn more about the findings of how the accident occurred.
A bus heading northeast on the Pan American highway came upon a motorcycle parked on the right side of the road. Without any warning this motorcycle decided to make a U-turn, and he did so right in front of the bus. The bus, in an attempt to miss this motorcycle swerved into oncoming traffic, hitting the motorcycle that Wilfredo and Reina were riding, head on. There was no time to react. Wilfredo was killed instantly and it’s a miracle that Reina is even alive. A court date, to determine fault, has been set for September 30.
The current situation for the Rios family is critical. Yesterday I traveled to the capital of Honduras with Wilfredo and Reina’s two sons, Josias and Nehemias, so that they could see their mom. This also provided me a chance to visit her inside the small and overloaded main government hospital.
Reina’s situation is critical. Details of her condition and pictures of her wounds and xrays have been reviewed by medical professionals in the US. If we don’t act soon to provide Reina with better treatment we are putting her life at great risk.
Currently Reina is out of a coma but heavily sedated. Her head trauma is severe but the doctors, poorly trained and without an incentive to try, don’t know what the reality is. Her face is not swollen however her right eye will not open. They’re not sure why. Her left eye will open but her eyeball goes all over the place. Reina is able to communicate for brief periods and then returns to a condition that appears like she’s drunk.
Reina has a severely broken left leg. The bone is snapped and severely splintered just below her knee. She has an external fixator in place. The wound constantly oozes blood and liquid. Her bed sheets were saturated around her leg. Her right hand is broken but doctors are not doing anything about that at this time due to the severity of the other injuries.
Reina is on the 5th floor of this public hospital. A stairway, only three feet wide, is how you come up and down from her room. Her room, only about 10 feet by 16 feet is shared with two other beds and two other women.
The hospital is not like in the US where a nurse or hospital staff waits on you and takes care of all of your needs. Somebody must be with Reina everyday to help take care of her. There is no chair, much less a bed or bathroom, for this helper to be able to get comfortable. There is no hospital food court. There are vendors on the street outside of the hospital.
Doctors have told us that Reina could expect to be in the hospital at a minimum of two months and that could be extended up to four months. They said she’ll have to have a number of surgeries on her leg. And, they’re just waiting to see about her brain. She’s yet to seen or treated by the neurologist.
Mission Lazarus is committed to this family. Reina needs to be moved to a private hospital immediately to ensure that she received quality treatment. In the short term we don’t know what surprise medical expenses we’ll need to take care of, until she’s in an appropriate facility her life is at risk. For us to transfer Reina we need your financial support.
If you’re able to help, please click DONATE to make your online donation or you can mail a check to:
1113 Harpeth Industrial Ct.
Franklin, TN 37064
Please note Reina Rios on your check.
Please join us in prayer for the family of Wilfredo Rios, preacher with Mission Lazarus Honduras, who lost his life in a tragic accident on Saturday, August 30th.
The world can be… our lives are… God is, at times… unpredictable. No one can foretell how God forges possibility out of impossibility or triumph out of tragedy. But we know that He can. It is a small comfort to us today as we are heavy-hearted at the unpredictability in our corner of the world.
On Saturday morning, in Choluteca, Honduras, Mission Lazarus preacher Wilfredo Rios and his wife, Reina, were in a head-on collision with a bus that crossed into their lane, they were traveling on a motorcycle. Wilfredo was killed instantly and Reyna is in critical condition, comatose with severe head injuries and a severely broken leg.
Their family bears a testimony of suffering, perseverance, forgiveness and faithfulness. In 2002, the family mourned the loss of their 12 year old daughter Makaila, who lost her life to leukemia. The church in Limon, near Choluteca, supported them through their grief but it was Reina alone who faithfully prayed for Wilfredo to stop numbing his pain with alcohol and accept the comfort that only Jesus can offer.
When Wilfredo finally gave his life to Christ, he also felt a call to share the gospel with others, and in 2010 after graduation from the Mission Lazarus preacher training school and with the support of College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon, TN, and the oversight of Mission Lazarus, Wilfredo relocated with his wife and two sons to begin working in Los Colorados, an impoverished community outside of Choluteca.
Today we beg you to pray for Reina’s critical medical condition as well as for her two sons’ who are going through unimaginable grief right now. We ask you to have your church family to pray as well.
We’re committed to helping this family through this crisis. Right now that means financial support for Reina’s medical expenses and ongoing support for her and her boys. If you’d like to help out please mail a check with Reina Rios noted on the memo line, or you can give online DONATE.
1113 Harpeth Industrial Ct
Franklin, TN 37064