Tasie

Tasie was transported to Rady Children's after a 250-pound wooden tiki statue fell on her head.

Alexandra and Nicholas arrived home one day to a parent’s worst nightmare – a fire truck pulling into their driveway and the family’s nanny cradling the oldest of their triplets. Four-year-old daughter, Tasie, had been struck by a 250-pound wooden statue, and was unconscious.

Tasie was taken by ambulance to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. The emergency transportation insisted on bringing Tasie directly to the pediatric Trauma Center at Rady Children’s instead of closer emergency departments, for her best chance of survival. Upon arrival at the hospital’s Trauma Center, Alexandra began to feel better. “As soon as we arrived at Rady Children’s, I was able to breathe a sigh of relief. Once we crossed the threshold, I felt hope for the first time. I knew she was in expert hands, surrounded by the best technology, cutting-edge treatments and specialized physicians. I knew that survival was Tasie’s only option.”

Six hours later, Tasie was stabilized, and the chief of neurosurgery was able to give Alexandra and Nicholas cautious optimism. Surprisingly, the skull fractures resulted in minimal brain trauma. They were able to visit Tasie in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where she was intubated and on a ventilator with multiple catheters and monitoring devices. She was halfway through her second blood transfusion. 
Tasie spent a total of five weeks at Rady Children’s. The road to recovery had many challenges and triumphs, including additional surgeries, therapy and rehabilitation.

“What helped give us strength through these medical hurdles was knowing that Tasie had a devoted team of experts supporting her both at Rady Children’s and at home with her siblings. Every part of her was taken care of,” Alexandra explained. Today, Tasie is an active 10-year-old who loves riding horses and has successfully competed in Mandarin language competitions.