Community supporting wreck victims

Published 12:05am Sunday, March 16, 2014

NATCHEZ — Miss-Lou residents are creating various fundraising avenues to benefit the families of Tyler Brumfield and Nikki Worthey, who were involved in a two-vehicle collision Sunday.

The wreck killed Brumfield, 20, and left Worthey, 20, with severe injuries. She was airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, where she remained in critical condition as of Saturday.

Worthey’s uncle, Steve Hicks, created a fundraising page Wednesday on gofundme.com, a popular crowdfunding site used to raise money for personal donation campaigns or charity fundraising campaigns.

The page managed to raise more than $2,000 since being created, and Hicks said he hopes residents continue to donate anything they can to help cover hotel and hospital costs for Worthey’s family. The site lists a goal to raise $5,000.

“Everybody’s pocket book is tight, and I’m not trying to force anybody to give, but I’m just trying to get a little bit of awareness out there and let people know they can give whatever they can,” Hicks said. “Even if they put $5 into the thing, every little bit counts.”

Hicks said his goal is to make everything as easy as possible for the family when Worthey is hopefully soon discharged from the hospital.

“There’s a lot of stuff that’s not going to be covered by insurance and even just their hotel rooms and things are other expenses you don’t think about,” Hicks said. “I just don’t want them to have to worry about any of that when they get ready to leave the hospital.”

Hicks said a CT scan Thursday showed the swelling in Worthey’s brain had not gotten larger, but it also wasn’t decreasing.

“While she is not responding to direct commands such as stop or move your right hand … she will rub her lips together when told she has chap stick on, sit when asked to let someone adjust her pillow and she rubs and touches some stuffed animals on her bed,” Hicks posted on the fundraising site. “Additionally, her right eye which has not been responding, but this morning the pupil is straight and responding a bit to light.

“All encouraging news (Thursday), but we remain cautiously optimistic because things can change in seconds due to brain trauma.”

Posts from Worthey’s family on a Facebook page called “Prayers for Nikki” Saturday stated that Worthey hadn’t shown any signs of change and the family had been informed her brain had shifted because of swelling.

Visit gofundme.com/nikki-worthey to make a donation.

A garage sale is being organized to benefit the families of Worthey and Brumfield April 5 during the annual Jefferson Street United Methodist Church community-wide sale.

Natchez resident Leigh McIlwain is organizing the event because she said she wanted to do anything to help out the families involved in the wreck.

“I just kind of felt led to do it,” McIlwain said. “I thought it might be nice to do something to try and help them out anyway possible.”

McIlwain said residents interested in helping can call her at 601-334-5462 and arrange a place to pick up or drop off anything for the garage sale.

Natchez resident Meredith Faust, who owns and operates Premier Designs Jewelry, is selling necklaces that include the Bible verse Matthew 17:20, which reads, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Faust will give all the proceeds to Worthey’s family. Orders for the $46 necklace can be placed by calling Faust at 601-446-3235.

A bank account has also been setup at all Home Bank, formerly Britton & Koontz Bank, branches for Worthey. Residents wanting to donate money can ask the teller to put their donations to the “April Nikki Worthey” special fund account.