Glen Mills, Pa. (WTXF) - A Glen Mills family is holding a benefit for CHOP after their daughter's injury.
"It's devastating. You don't expect it. You're not prepared for it," said Jenny Raimondo. She remembers the day she almost lost her precious little girl.
"She had two bleeds on both sides of her brain, she had some fractured vertebrae and a fractured femur," she said. 8-year-old Maddi was just 5 years old when she suffered a traumatic brain injury the last day of a family vacation in Mexico. It was Easter 2014. Jenny her husband, Scott, Maddi, her sisters Ella and Sammi were taking pictures on a rooftop restaurant when Maddie plunged from the two story balcony. She fell about 30 feet.
"It was one misstep and she just went off the roof and just dropped and landed on the cement," said Jenny. Crews took Maddi by ferry to a hospital in Cancun while family and friends back in Pennsylvania contacted the CHOP, The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania who arranged to bring her home.
“It was just the best place. We were under the best care at this point and I knew I could finally breathe," said Jenny. After surgeries and lots of physical therapy the family is forever grateful to CHOP for saving their little girl's life. They started Maddi's Bag. It’s a non-profit to raise money for the hospital and provide gifts to children confined to the trauma unit. Thursday they'll open their Glen Mills home for the 4th year to 30 local vendors for a shopping event. Last year, it brought in over $17,000.
The Raimondo's expect hundreds of people to come through their home to shop. It’s a way to say thank you to the staff at CHOP.
"I'm very humbled by it and I'm very gracious for all the support," said Jenny.
Admission to the event is $10.00. There will be cocktails and light fare. The first shopping wave is from 9am-2pm. Then again from 5p-10pm. It’s Thursday, November 2nd at 62 L’Enfant Court in Glen Mills.
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