ALBANY, Ga. -- On July 23, 13-year-old Brooklyn Parrish became the victim of a bizarre and tragic accident. As she was helping her grandfather drill post holes with a tractor auger, her ponytail became entangle in the PTO shaft, ripping away her scalp.
Brooklyn was airlifted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., where she underwent lengthy and complicated surgery to reattach her scalp. While doctors are encouraged, Brooklyn's recovery is expected to be long one, requiring regular trips to Gainesville and a lot of "non-medical" expense that isn't covered by the family's insurance.
"It will be a long time before Brooklyn is able to go back to school," said Veronia Parrish, Brooklyn's mother and Albany accountant. "We're paying someone to come in three times a week and keep her current in her school work."
Because of the accident, Veronica Parrish says she's only able to work at her job about 20 or 25 hours each week.
To help with the unexpected expenses, Stacey Hannah, a longtime friend of Brooklyn's father, Max Parrish, has organized a co-ed softball tournament in Sylvester, "Ballin' For Brooklyn," on Oct. 6. Max Parrish is now in Afghanistan working for DynCorp, an international global government service provider.
Hannah said seven teams have signed up for the tournament and he hopes have a final field of 12 or more. According to Hannah, the cost of participation in the tournament will $240 per team. Trophies will be awarded to first- and second-place winners, Hannah said.
"Brooklyn has maintained a wonderfully positive attitude through all of this." Veronica Parrish said. "People send her cards in the mail to wish her well and to say they're praying for her. She appreciates that so much."
For information about the softball tournament call Stacey Hannah at (229) 869-2241.