Read Gilberto's account of the accident

Gilberto wrote about the events of February 8th in English and in Spanish

Friday, February 28, 2014

Feb 28 update

FRIDAY UPDATE for Laura Laparra
February 28

Laura is still progressing! Blessings! 

The swelling around her neck has reduced dramatically, so much so, that she was able to go into a pediatric neck brace last night. This is much more comfortable for her.

She has full use of her body and arms, and walked down the hall last night.

She will be transported from the hospital to the rehabilitation facility either today or tomorrow.

We received some amazing news yesterday. An Arizona company has offered to match the funds that will be raised in the March 8 yard sale by 100 percent!!

We are in AWE of this generosity! Please join us on March 8, for a great service opportunity!



Reporte de la Salud de Laura Laparra
28 de febrero de 2014

Laura Laparra sigue progresando! Que bendición!

La inflación alrededor de su cuello se ha reducido dramáticamente, tanto que anoche pudieron ponerle un cuello ortopédico pediátrico con el que está más cómoda.

Todo su cuerpo esta funcionado y tiene control sobre sus brazos y piernas. Anoche camino por el pasillo del hospital.

Hoy o mañana será trasladada a un Centro de Rehabilitación.

Recibimos excelentes noticias ayer. Una compañía de Arizona ha ofrecido igualar el monto que se recaude en la venta de garaje que el Barrio Boulder Creek donde Laura y su familia asisten está organizando para día 8 de marzo. Pueden contactar a Erika Valdez McNeil al 602-571-1290 para mas detalles sobre como ayudar ese dia o los dias anteriores para preparar todo. Hay mucho que hacer.

La generosidad de esta compañía nos ha dejado con la boca abierta! Por favor únasenos el 8 de marzo en esta excelente oportunidad de servicio.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Garage sale - Saturday March 8th

The neighborhood where Laura and Gilberto live will be having a garage sale with 100% of the proceeds going to the LaParra family.  Not only this, but an anonymous donor will be matching every penny earned at this garage sale... doubling the amount that will go to the Laparras!  This is an amazing opportunity to help the Laparra's meet their financial obligations without stress and just focus on getting Laura better!

You can help by donating items for sale and dropping them off at 8104 E Peralta (Please call 480-330-2032 to schedule drop off) in the Boulder Creek neighborhood.  Also, please COME and shop on Saturday March 8 all morning.


Venta de Garage El vencindario donde viven Laura y Gilberto ha organizado una venta de garage y todo el dinero que se recaude sera para la familia Laparra. Como si fuera poco, un donador anonimo se comprometio a hacer una donacion por el mismo monto que se recaude, La familia recibira el doble!!! Esta es una excelente oportunidad para ayudar a los Laparra a afrontar las obligaciones financieras derivadas del accidente y disminuir el estres para que puedan enfocarse en la recuperacion de Laura. Para donar articulos para la venta por favor llame al 480-330-2032. La direccion para dejar las donaciones es 8104 E Peralta en Boulder Creek. Si usted quiere ayudar pero no vive en esta area o esta en otro pais, puede hacerlo donando a http://www.lauralaparrafund.com Por favor VENGA a COMPRAR durante la mañana del 8 de marzo.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Feb 26 update


Laura has had her trach tube removed and can breathe on her own. She is able to walk, with help, for short distances. This picture of beautiful Laura with two of her daughters was taken last night.

She is very weak and tires very easily. But she is progressing. She still can't talk, but she can whisper and mouth words.

Yesterday, her father was with her when she became quite agitated. She took his hand and put it on her head. He said, "Are you saying that you'd like a Priesthood blessing?" She nodded yes. So, her father laid his hand on her head, and gave her a blessing. She immediately calmed and was able to rest. It was a sweet and touching experience.

Laura will be moved into a rehabilitation center this weekend. Please keep Laura and this wonderful family in your prayers. They need your faith and prayers so very much.

(P.S. Laura gave the thumbs-up for me to post this photo.)



Reporte de Salud de Laura Laparra
Miércoles 26 de febrero de 2014


Ayer le removieron a Laura el tubo que le ayudaba a respirar y ahora está respirando por si misma! Puede “caminar” algunos pasos con ayuda. La foto de Laura y sus hermosas hijas fue tomada anoche.

Laura está débil y se cansa muy rápido pero está progresando. Todavía no puede hablar pero susurra y modula palabras.

Ayer mientras su papa esta con ella, Laura se puso muy agitada. Ella tomo la mano de él y la puso sobre su cabeza. Su papa le pregunto: ¿Me estás diciendo que quieres una bendición de Sacerdocio? Con su cabeza ella respondió que sí. Su papa la bendijo y ella inmediatamente se tranquilizó y pudo descansar. Fue una experiencia muy enternecedora.

Laura será trasladada a un centro de rehabilitación este fin de semana. Por favor sigan orando por ella y por su maravillosa familia. Ellos realmente necesitan su fe y sus oraciones.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lessons learned from Laura's daughter Shannon

There is so much I'd like to say and share with everyone about the things that I've learned and seen through this experience. But if I had to sum it all up, I'd have to say that I am so amazed to learn that Heavenly Father prepares us for these hard times. Time and time again I just am in awe when I realize that, "oh hey...so what didn't make sense a couple months ago, makes sense now!" I know that the only reason why I have been able to put up with everything that's been going on is because Heavenly Father has slowly been preparing me for this moment. I was telling my aunt the other night how just in the last 6 months I have slowly grown closer to my youngest sister Priscillla. For no reason in particular, I just decided to take her under my care and do everything I could for her. She began to respond more to me and I grew to love her intensively. I became very protective of her and we spent every extra moment playing together! Now, with the accident, Priscilla has been able to be responsive to me when I needed her to because we had created this relationship. I can tell she really needs me and sees me as her second mom. I cant truly describe how grateful I am that I can help her the way I can because we began to trust in each other early on. I know that Heavenly Father has prepared us both to help each other. There's lots more instances such as this one, but for now maybe that's good:) ...I confess that during this time I feel anxious and worried about my mom, and that all the prayers, the little signs of love, how vast this thing has become--it all comforts me more than anything else. I admit my strength somewhat relies on these little" pick-me-ups" if you will:) haha, I can't help but just feel so much happiness through this testimony that God has created us in a way where are spirits are all connected, and that there is something so pure and marvelous about the way we all help each other go back home to Him. Thanks everyone




Lecciones aprendidas por Shannon la hija de Laura. Hay tanto que me gustaría decir y compartir con cada todos y cada uno de ustedes acerca de las cosas que he aprendido y visto a través de esta experiencia. Pero si tengo que resumirlo, diría que estoy sorprendida de saber que nuestro Padre Celestial nos prepara para los tiempos difíciles. Otra vez me quedo sin habla cuando pienso: “Eh…lo que no tenía ningún sentido hace dos meses es completamente lógico ahora”. Yo sé que la única razón por la que he podido seguir adelante con todo lo que está pasando, es que mi Padre Celestial me ha venido preparando para esto poco a poco. Le decía a mi tía la otra noche como en los últimos 6 meses reforcé mi relación con mi hermana menor Priscilla. Por ninguna razón en particular, decidí tomarla bajo mi cuidado y hacer todo lo que pudiera por ella. Ella comenzó a responderme y yo la ame aún más que antes. Me convertí en su protectora y cada momento libre lo pasamos jugando. Ahora con el accidente, Priscilla me responde positivamente a causa de la relación que construimos juntas. Puedo decir que ella me ve y me necesita como su segunda mama. No puedo describir cuan agradecida estoy de poder ayudarla en la forma que lo estoy haciendo y todo porque comenzamos a confiar una en la otra de un tiempo para acá. Sé que nuestro Padre Celestial nos ha preparado para ayudarnos una a la otra. Confieso que durante estos días me he sentido ansiosa y preocupada por mi mama, y que todas las oraciones y pequeñas muestras de amor (que grande todo se ha vuelto) me consuelan más que ninguna otra cosa. Admito que mi fuerza descansa en cada uno de estos detalles. No puedo más que sentirme muy feliz a través del testimonio de que nuestro Padre Celestial nos creó de forma que nuestros espíritus (el mío y el de ustedes) están todos conectados, y que hay algo puro y maravilloso sobre la forma en que nos ayudamos unos a otros para regresar a Él. Gracias a todos.

Laura's love note

Gilberto writes, "She made me cry when she wrote this for me. what a hard and beautiful experience."
Ella me hizo llorar cuando escribioesta nota para mi. Que experiencia tan dura y tan maravillosa.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Special Feb 24 update #2

SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT UPDATE for Laura Laparra. 
February 24

I am writing this from Laura's hospital room. You can see in the photo that Laura is giving the thumbs up to all of you! (Gil's sister is by the bed.)

Laura has not lost her sense of humor ... or her sharp mind. We had brought Gil a bag of our pure fish powder which he asked for, but when Laura saw it, she grabbed it and clutched it to her chest! (You can see the package in the photo.)

Also, I read to Laura the beautiful comment that Jason Barney made on FB about the prayer that was offered for Laura at Saturday's rehearsal for the Gilbert Temple Cultural Celebration. When I finished reading it, she mouthed the words, "I love that."

We are truly witnessing a miracle. God's blessings are being poured out.

A correction on my earlier post today: Laura feels it would be best to hold off a bit on her young daughter's visit, so I just wanted to clarify that. Vintage Laura -- always thinking of others

And a P.S.: Laura is not very happy that her head has been shaved … but to all of us, she has never looked more beautiful!!




Reporte Especial sobre la Salud de Laura Laparra.
Lunes 24 de febrero de 2014
Estoy escribiendo esto desde el cuarto de Laura en el hospital. Pueden ver la foto de Laura, esa señal de aprobación es para todos ustedes. (La hermana de Gilberto esta junto a la cama).
Laura conserva su sentido del humor y su mente aguda. Le trajimos a Gilberto una bolsa del omega 3 en polvo que producimos y que él nos pidió, y cuando Laura la vio, lo agarro y se lo puso en el pecho queriendo decir: yo lo quiero es para mí. (Pueden ver el paquete en la foto).
Le leí a Laura el hermoso comentario que Jasón Barney hizo en Facebook sobre la oración que se ofreció por Laura durante el ensayo de la Celebración Cultural del Templo de Gilbert. Cuando termino de leerlo, ella con su boca modulo la frase, “Me encanta”.
Estamos siendo testigos de un milagro. Las bendiciones de Dios están lloviendo sobre nosotros.
Una corrección en el reporte de hoy: Laura siente que lo mejor es esperar para ver a su hija menor por ahora. Solo quiero aclarar que no hubo visita. La misma Laura de siempre, siempre pensando en los demás primero.
Y una posdata: Laura no está feliz que tuvieron que rapar su cabeza, pero para todos nosotros, ella nunca se ha visto más hermosa.

Update Feb 24

Reporte de la Salud de Laura Laparra
Lunes 24 de febrero de 2014

LOS MILAGROS CONTINUAN! Como la mayoría de ustedes ya saben, Laura salió de la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos ayer. La trasladaron a otro cuarto en el mismo piso. Esto no fue solo un milagro, pero una bendición, porque por primera desde la noche del accidente, Laura pudo ver su hija menor.

Anoche, Laura estuvo de pie por unos segundos y dio dos pasos, apoyada en Gilberto. Paso a pasito, pero progresando!

Su memoria está funcionando y ella ha podido reconocer a su familia y amigos. Ayer Laura escribió una nota para Gilberto con las palabras “Te Amo”.

Aun cuando su progreso nos hace “gritar” gracias a Dios y Su misericordia, debemos recordar que Laura tiene un largo camino que recorrer en su proceso de recuperación. . Los doctores han dicho que habrá muchos puentes por cruzar.

No sentimos muy humildes y tristes cuando el paciente que ha estado todo este tiempo junto a Laura en La Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, falleció ayer. Oremos para que su familia pueda sentir paz.

El sábado pasado, más de 12,000 adolescentes que se reunieron para practicar para la Celebración Cultural del Templo de Gilbert, oraron por Laura. Una de las hijas de Laura y Gilberto formara parte de esta magnífica producción que sea televisada este sábado por la noche por cable y por internet). Y lo mejor es que Laura podrá verlo.

http://www.abc15.com/about-us/news-releases/abc15-to-broadcast-cultural-celebration-of-the-gilbert-mormon-temple

Gilberto está profundamente agradecido por su fe y sus oraciones.

¡Paz, paz a vosotros por motivo de vuestra fe en mi Bien Amado, que era desde la fundación del mundo! Helaman 5:47



MONDAY UPDATE for Laura Laparra
February 24

MIRACLES CONTINUE! As most of you know, Laura was taken out of ICU (Intensive Care Unit) yesterday. She was moved to another room on the same floor. This was not only a miracle, but a wonderful blessing because, for the first time since the accident, Laura was able to see her seven-year-old daughter.

Last night, Laura stood for a few seconds and actually took a couple of tiny steps while holding on to Gilberto. Little baby steps, but huge progress!

Laura's memory appears good, and she recognizes people. Yesterday, she was able to write on a notecard these words to Gil: "I love you."

While this progress makes us "shout" praises to God and His amazing kindness, we must remember that Laura has a long way to go and a long recovery process. The doctors have said there will definitely be "bridges to cross." We were humbled and saddened that the patient who has been right next to Laura in ICU all of this time, passed away yesterday. Our prayers go out to that family.

Last Saturday, more than 12,000 teenagers, who were gathered for a rehearsal for the Gilbert Temple Cultural Celebration, prayed for Laura by name. One of Laura and Gil's daughters is involved in this magnificent production which will be televised live this Saturday night (on cable and online). Yes, now Laura will be able to see it!

Once again, Gil sends his deep appreciate for your continuing faith and prayers.

"Peace, peace be unto you because of your faith in my Well Beloved, who was from the foundation of the world."
- Helaman 5:47

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Out of the ICU!! Feb. 23 from Gilberto

Esto es lo que publico Gilberto Laparra:
Queridos amigos ella saldra de La Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos hoy. Los doctores dicen que su recuperacion sera un largo proceso, un paso a la vez. Este puente ya lo cruzamos. Gracias por su amor, sigan orando conmigo. Es un dia feliz....




MY DEAR FRIENDS SHE WILL BE OUT OF ICU TODAY... the doctors said that is going to be a long process recover, baby steps they said. But we're ready to cross that bridge. Thanks for your love, still praying with me. Its a happy day....

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Feb 22, from Gilberto

Ayer los terapeutas estimularon a Laura para ver como reaccionaba, los doctores y enfermeras estaban alli, ella movio sus brazos y piernas y lograron que ella se sentara, todos empezaron a aplaudir y llorar de emocion... el milagro se ha dado, lo siento, lo he visto, lo he tocado lo he vivido, es la confirmacion mas grande de el amor de mi Padre Celestial hacia mi y mi famila. Si yo se que es un milagro de sanidad, pero para mi es mas un milagro de amor, amor de mis familiares, de amigos y desconocidos, que en silencio han orado con amor y fe. Haciendome sentir el hombre mas rico del mundo por ese amor incondicional que me siguen brindando.

Yesterday the therapists encouraged Laura to move to see how she would react, and all of the doctors and nurses were there. She was able to move her arms and legs, and they were successful in getting her to sit up– everyone began to clap, and all were in tears and filled with emotion… a miracle has happened, I feel it, I’ve witnessed it, I’ve felt it, I’ve lived it – it is the biggest confirmation of love from my Heavenly Father towards myself and my family. I know that it’s a medical miracle, but more so for me it is a miracle of love – love from my family, from my friends and acquaintances, that have silently prayed with faith and love. I feel like the richest man in the world for this unconditional love that all of you keep giving me.

Friday, February 21, 2014

From a ward member on Thursday, Feb 20

My dear ward members. I had the pleasure of visiting with Laura and Gil Laparra today. When I asked Laura if she wanted essential oils applied to her feet she nodded her head yes (she's an oil junkie like me:) As I was massaging her feet Gil hummed beautiful songs to her, it was such a sweet moment. When I was finished and Gil asked her if she liked it she gave a thumbs up. I feel so blessed. Today was a good day!!!!

Feb 21 update



February 21

Fasting and prayers work miracles. The doctors have been able to cut back Laura's sedation quite a bit. She can open her eyes, and she can follow simple commands.

She is not able to move her head or body, because she is in restraints that keep her from being able to move in order to heal. She recognizes her family, although she cannot talk because of tubes and swelling.

Although she is still very fragile, the doctors are encouraged by her progress. She is still in ICU (intensive care unit) and will remain there indefinitely until she comes off the critical list.

Your continued prayers and thoughts are so important, and they are appreciated more than you know.

"... the Lord is able to do all things according to his will, for the
children of men, if it so be that they exercise faith in him. Wherefore, let us be faithful to him."
1 Nephi 7:12

JUST NOW: We just received word that Laura is going back into surgery in a few minutes. The doctors are going to try to insert a feeding tube in Laura's stomach. Gil asked that we pray that all will go well.


Viernes 21 de febrero de 2014

La oración y el ayuno obran milagros. Los doctores han podido disminuir los medicamentos que mantienen a Laura sedada. Ella puede abrir sus ojos y seguir comandos simples.
Todavía no puede mover su cabeza o su cuerpo porque la tienen inmovilizada para que pueda sanar. Reconoce a su familia, pero no puede hablar por los tubos y la inflamación.
Aun cuando su estado es aún muy frágil, los doctores están animados por su progreso. Laura sigue en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos y permanecerá ahí indefinidamente hasta que la retiren de la lista de pacientes en estado crítico.
Sus continuas oraciones y pensamientos positivos son muy importantes y la familia los agradece más de lo que las palabras pueden expresar.
“…el Señor tiene poder de hacer todas las acosas según su voluntad, para los hijos de los hombres, si es que ejercen la fe en él? Por tanto, seámosle fieles” 1 Nefi 7:12
ÚLTIMO MOMENTO: Cuando terminaba de escribir este reporte, me avisaron que Laura tendrá una cirugía en pocos minutos. Los doctores van a tratar de insertar un tubo en su estómago para alimentarla.Gilberto está pidiendo sus oraciones para que todo salga bien.
Nanci Wudel (traducido por Laura Flores)

Gifts from the paramedics



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Feb 20 from Gilberto

My dear friends, today at 6 am Laura recognized me, and a tear came from her left eye... today is one of my best days of my life. I love you all, please keep praying with me.

Feb 19

Laura had a good night. She is going to have surgery today to perform a tracheostomy, a small opening in the trachea (or windpipe) below the vocal cords. This is a simple and common procedure.

Since Laura cannot breathe on her own yet, this procedure will allow her breathing tube to be removed so that it will no longer press against her vocal cords. If the breathing tube is left in for too long, it can cause damage to her vocal cords (which has not happened).

So, this procedure is important, and it's a blessing. Laura's doctors are amazing, and she has the best medical care possible.

Below is a picture of the "love wall" by her bed - with family photos and a picture of the Gil and Laura in front of the Gilbert Temple.

After this week, Gil would like for me to post updates on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays. However, if there is ANY change or a situation we need you to tell you about, we will definitely update you more frequently.

Thank you for your continuing prayers.

"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall eternal life." 2 Nephi 31:20


Febrero 19 2014
Laura paso bien la noche. Hoy le van a hacer una traqueotomía, que consiste en abrir un pequeño agujero en la tráquea debajo de las cuerdas vocales. Este procedimiento permitirá retirar el tubo por el cual ella ha estado respirando y con esto se elimina la presión que el tubo ejerce sobre las cuerdas vocales de Laura. Si el tubo permanece por mucho tiempo, puede causar un daño permanente a sus cuerdas vocales, pero esto no sucedió. Este procedimiento es importante y es una bendición. Los doctores que atienden a Laura son excelentes, ella está recibiendo la mejor atención médica posible.
Adjunto hay una fotografía de “el muro del amor” al lado de su cama con fotografías de la familia y de Gilberto y Laura enfrente del Templo de Gilbert.
Empezando la próxima semana, Gilberto quiere que publique reportes los lunes, miércoles y viernes. Sin embargo si hay algún cambio o surge alguna situación que necesitemos comunicarles, lo haremos de inmediato.
Gracias por seguir orando.
“Por tanto, debéis seguir adelante con firmeza en Cristo, teniendo un fulgor perfecto de esperanza y amor por Dios y por todos los hombres. Por tanto, si marcháis adelante, deleitándoos en la palabra de Cristo, y perseveráis hasta el fin, he aquí, así dice el Padre: Tendréis la vida eterna.” 2 Nefi 31:20
Nanci Wudel (traducido por Laura Flores)

Feb 18

February 18 

Laura's condition is still the same, which is very good news. She is still fragile, still critical, but she remains stable. She had a good night, and her ICP pressures (pressure on the brain) were under control. 

It is important to know that Laura's progress will be slow due to the nature of her injuries. To see a significant change may take weeks, so seeing her stable and not getting worse is wonderful.

She is not in pain. She always has a family member at her side. Gil and the girls are at peace. The Laparra family remains a beautiful example of faith and trust in God.

The words of Matthew 6 in the Holy Bible express a comforting message, as sung in a hymn by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This is one of Laura's very favorite hymns:

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, how they grow.
Consider the birds in the sky, how they fly, how they fly."

"He clothes the lilies of the field, He feeds the birds in the sky.
And He will feed those who trust Him, and guide them with His eye."

Martes 18 de febrero de 2014

Buenas noticias, la condición de Laura es la misma, lo cual es bueno. Su estado es frágil y todavía crítico pero estable. Paso una buena noche y los niveles de presión en su cerebro están bien.

Es importante que sepan que el progreso de Laura será lento debido al tipo de lesiones que sufrió. Probablemente tome semanas antes que haya una cambio significativo en su estado, por eso verla estable es maravilloso.

Ella no siente dolor. Siempre hay un familiar a su lado. Gilberto y las nenas estan llenos de paz. La familia Laparra continua dándonos un hermoso ejemplo de fe y confianza en Dios.

Las palabras del Capitulo 6 de Mateo en la Biblia expresan un mensaje que nos consuela. Como dice en uno de los himnos favoritos de Laura interpretado por El Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón:

“Considerad los lirios del campo, como crecen, como crecen
Considerad las aves del cielo. Como vuelan, como vuelan”

“El viste los lirios del campo, El alimenta a las aves del cielo
Y El alimentara a aquellos que confían en El y los guiara con Su ojo”

Nanci Wudel (traducido por Laura Flores)

http://youtu.be/cDFBBbhwmfk

Feb 17

This morning, Gil had a beautiful experience at the hospital as he held Laura's hand and watched her. He said he was filled with great love and peace, and he knows it is from yesterday's fasting and prayers.

Laura is stable, and Gil feels very positive. She is still in critical condition, but she is receiving great medical care. Gil has received messages from people throughout the U.S., Canada, and Central America who have fasted for Laura, and whom he doesn't even know. It touches him deeply.

Today, it happens that Laura's nurse is a member of the LDS Church, as the Laparra Family is. The nurse told Gil today that two of the other nurses, not members of our faith, attended the Gilbert Temple Open House with him because of this situation. The Gilbert Temple is so important to Laura and Gil (and it's where they were walking to when they were hit), so that meant a lot to Gil.

A few days ago, the nurses asked Gil to bring pictures of Laura, so they could see what she looks like normally (without her head shaved and without tubes). So, there are photos of Laura and the family posted on the wall next to her bed. What a beautiful scene that is!

In addition, Gil asked me to tell you this:

He asked Laura's nurse, "What have you learned from being a trauma nurse? How do you stay so positive?"

The nurse said this to Gil, which is what Gil wants to share with you today, "My work teaches me how fragile life is. Our lives can change in a moment. We need to live our lives the best we can, remembering this, so that we will always be found on the Lord's side."


Esta mañana, Gilberto tuvo una experiencia muy bonita en el hospital. Mientras sostenía la mano de Laura entre la suya y la miraba, me dijo que se sintió lleno de paz y amor y que él sabe que ese sentimiento vino del ayuno y las oraciones de ayer.

Laura está estable y Gil se siente muy positivo. La condición de Laura sigue siendo crítica pero ella está recibiendo la mejor atención médica disponible. Gilberto supo de gente en todas partes del mundo que sin conocerles se unió al ayuno por Laura.

La enfermera que está a cargo de Laura hoy, es miembro de La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos días (*). La familia Laparra es miembro de esta Iglesia. La enfermera le conto a Gil que otras dos enfermeras que no son de su misma fe, asistieron a la casa abierta del Templo de Gilbert, donde Laura y Gilberto sirvieron como voluntarios en las últimas semanas. Ellas asistieron inspiradas por la historia de Laura.

Un par de días atrás, una de las enfermeras le pio a Gilberto que llevara fotografías de Laura, así el personal del hospital que la atiende puede verla como ella normalmente se ve sin su cabeza rapada y sin todos los tubos. Ahora hay fotos de Laura y su familia en la pared de su cuarto. La vista es hermosa.

Gilberto me pidió que también les dijera esto: “Le pregunte a una de las enfermeras: ¿Qué ha aprendido usted trabajando como enfermera de traumas? ¿Cómo hace para mantenerse positiva?”
La enfermera le contesto (y esto es lo que Gil quiere que todos sepan):”Mi trabajo me enseña que frágil es la vida. Nuestras vidas cambian en un momento. Necesitamos vivir en la mejor forma que nos sea posible, así siempre tendremos a El Señor de nuestro lado”

Nanci Wudel (traducido por Laura Flores)

Feb 16 update

Sunday, February 16, 3 p.m.

Laura is stable today. The pressures on her brain have gone back down, and her blood pressure is good today. The stent did its job last night and drained fluid from her brain to relieve the pressure. 

This is nothing alarming for now. The doctors have said that she will have good days and bad days. Laura's healing will take time - weeks and months.

She is still in a medical coma. She is comfortable and not in pain. She definitely has brain activity and registers some response when the sedation is pulled back. But it is very important that her brain cells rest and not receive much stimulation right now. 

She is still on a ventilator to help her breathe. Her difficulty in breathing is because her airways are still extremely swollen. Once that swelling goes down, the ventilator tube can be removed, and she will be able to breathe on her own. 

You may have seen the picture of Laura, with tubes everywhere. Even though her head is shaved, she looks beautiful. Some of us refer to her as "Sleeping Beauty." And all those tubes are doing their job. The miracle of modern-day medicine and technology is an amazing gift.

Laura is in a trauma hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, and she has incredible doctors and nurses attending her. She is still in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and she is still in critical condition. But she is stable, and all is well for now.

Today, Laura's daughters were able to see her for the first time since she was put in ICU. Your prayers are helping them be strong at this difficult time.

The oldest daughter, who is serving as a missionary in Texas, was able to make a short video for the family, which Gil received last night. With permission of the mission president, a wonderful member in her Texas ward, helped her record a two-minute video message from her to her dad and sisters. She also made a video for her mom - she sings a song she wrote two years ago for Laura. It is Laura's favorite song. 

It is possible that the video will be posted. I will let you know what Gil decides. It is in Spanish, since she is serving a Spanish-speaking mission. 

Gil said that he has faith that we will see a miracle and that, "Laura will be returned to us." He asked me to tell you that he knows that families can be together forever. 

He said, "Tell everyone of the love and appreciation I feel from my ward, my stake, the Easter Pageant, and my other dear friends and family, here in the U.S., and in Central America. I can really, truly feel a change in my spirit because of their prayers."

Gil is aware of the many people who have put Laura's name on temple prayer rolls throughout the world. He knows that many, many people are fasting with him today. He and his parents, as well as Laura's family - who have arrived safely from Costa RIca - feel the strength of your prayers and faith. 

Today, Gil attended church at an LDS ward near the hospital. He was astounded that people knew who he was, and ward members said they were fasting and praying for him. These are people he didn't even know. He is deeply touched to see "tender mercies" everywhere he turns.

Early this morning, Gil received a phone call from a former high school classmate in Guatemala. This sweet sister is living in Utah now. She told Gil on the phone, "I want to let you know that praying for Laura is helping and pushing me to be a better person. The love I have for your family is making me be better."

I feel that perhaps all of us can say the same thing. As Gil said just a few moments ago regarding all of you: "We can literally feel your prayers."

The Lord lives. We have a Heavenly Father who knows us, loves us, and is always there for us, no matter what. How can we be more blessed?

Feb 15 update

UPDATE for Laura Laparra
February 15

We have just talked with the doctors, and Gil asked me to post this immediately.

Early this morning, Laura experienced some complications. She is having a CT scan right now. At this point, Laura can receive no visitors, not even Gilberto.

She has had a rough morning, but this is not surprising. The doctors said from the beginning that this would happen.

Gil also asked me, just five minutes ago, to tell you this: PLEASE do not go to the hospital without calling Gilberto first, even if you are considered closest friends. This is so important.

Gil's parents are there, Laura's parents are there, and her brother, as well.

Please continue to pray. Gilberto and the family know that God is in control. They pray mightily for her recovery, but their prayers always end with "Thy will be done."

What they want is what God wants for Laura. The LaParra family has complete trust in God. His ways are not always our ways, but in the eternal perspective, they are always the right way.

There is no need for panic right now. This is a time to continue praying with faith. The family still feels complete peace. I will update you as we get updates. We love and appreciate you all.

The Laparra Family is having a Fast for Laura tomorrow, Sunday, and invite all who would like, to join them.


Reporte sobre la Salud de Laura
Feb 15
Acabamos de hablar con los doctores, Gilberto me ha pedido que publique esto inmediatamente.
Temprano esta mañana Laura sufrió algunas complicaciones. Le están haciendo un CT scan en este momento. Laura no puede tener visitas por ahora, ni siquiera Gilberto. 
Esto es lo que Gilberto dijo: POR FAVOR no vayan al hospital sin llamar a Gilberto PRIMERO, aun si usted se considera uno de los amigos más cercanos. Es importante que respeten este pedido.
Gilberto sabe que muchos querran visitarlo en el hospital mañana Domingo, por favor llamenlo antes.
Los padres de Gilberto y Laura están aquí, el hermano de Laura, y las nenas.
Por favor sigan orando. La familia sabe que todo está en manos de Dios. Ellos están orando fuertemente por la recuperación de Laura pero sus oraciones siempre terminan con “sea tu voluntad”.
Lo que ellos quieren para Laura es lo que Dios quiere para ella. Ellos confían plenamente en Dios. La voluntad de Dios no es siempre la nuestra, pero desde una perspectiva eterna la voluntad de Dios es siempre la mejor
Por favor no entren en pánico. Sigan orando con fe. La familia siente paz. Estare informando conforme haya algo diferente que comunicar. Los amamos y estamos agradecidos con todos ustedes.
POR FAVOR UNANSE A LA FAMILIA EN EL AYUNO POR LA RECUPERACION DE LAURA HOY Y MAÑANA.
Laura Flores (traduciendo para Nanci Wudel)

Feb 14th update

Many things to tell you today …

Yesterday, the doctors began cutting back Laura's sedation. Last night, we were very excited that she began showing a little progress. The doctors even tried to get her to breathe on her own. But, she is not able to come off of the ventilator at this point. 

Also, throughout the night, the pressure and swelling in her brain was high. This was to be expected since she had purposely been given less sedation yesterday. But again, so far, the stent is doing its job of draining fluids from her brain and relieving pressure.

The doctors are optimistic but said that everything could change in a moment. Her condition is still critical and extremely fragile. This morning, the doctor said she is still comatose, but that's good because what she needs right now more than anything else is sleep so that her brain can heal. Gil feels that the fact that she is still alive, still with us, and without complications so far, is a HUGE MIRACLE. 

I was at her side late last night, and even though she was in a deep sleep, there was peace on her beautiful face. There was peace and love surrounding her bed. It was almost tangible. 

Laura's parents and brother are being picked up right now at Sky Harbor Airport. This is another miracle. They were able to get their passports and visas in ONE DAY. In addition, they had to fly stand-by out of Costa Rica, early this morning. But they were able to get on the flight, sitting on Row 6, and they have arrived. Prayers work! Much appreciation to those who physically helped this happen. They have asked not to be named, but they are heroes.

As a side note, Laura's father is in the Costa Rica Temple Presidency, and her brother is a bishop (pastor) for the LDS Church in Costa Rica.

Here are reports we have received that are deeply touching and that have given Gil and the family much strength:

Oldest daughter, Michelle, is serving a mission in Texas. All of the missionaries in her mission are praying for Hermana Laparra's mother. 

This week, many 7th and 8th graders at Highland Junior High in Gilbert, where 14-year-old Pamela attends, started a rotating fast, of their own accord, so that a group of students is always fasting each day for Pamela's mom. 

Pamela told Gil yesterday, "Some of them are not even members of our Church." This idea originated with, and was organized by, these youth, themselves -- what a noble generation! 

In addition, 18-year-old Shannon, has a part in the Gilbert Temple Cultural Event, which features 12,000 youth in a musical/dance production, celebrating the new Gilbert Temple -- where Laura and Gil were heading when they were hit as pedestrians. The support of the youth and leaders involved in this incredible production has been a wonderful blessing to Shannon and the family. We are sure Laura would want you to watch the telecast of that event on Saturday night, March 1st.

And, Priscilla, second grade, has been busy the past few days, making hand-made Valentine cards for each of her classmates. She has been so excited for Valentine's Day!

The power of friendship and love is resting upon the Laparra Family. It is comforting them and strengthening them, and it is deeply appreciated.

There has been some confusion about who can visit the hospital and who cannot. So, I spoke with Gil this morning and ask him what I should tell you about this.

The hospital has reminded us that the ICU Waiting Room is only for families of the patients, and the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) is full right now. The waiting room is very small and only seats about 15 people; visitors are not allowed in the hallway. 

We have heard of small groups who want to visit Gil at the hospital. But, Gil is very desirous to abide by hospital policy. He said that we want to be obedient so that the powers of Heaven will be unrestrained in this situation. So for now, if you, as an individual, feel it necessary to come to the hospital, please call and ask Gilberto first.

Thank you for your sweet understanding and patience. If Laura can keep stabilizing, and not digress, there will be a time when everyone who wants can tell her personally how much she is loved. Please continue to pray for that! Your faith and prayers are so very, very important.

Feb 13 update (espanol)

Reporte de Salud de Laura Laparra
Feb. 13
Buenas noticias! Laura se mantiene estable. Tuvo una buena noche. La valvula en su cerebro esta haciendo un buen trabajo drenando los fluidos y controlando la presion. Su presion sanguinea se regulo. Su situacion todavia es critica y delicada. Por ahora no se han presentado complicaciones. Por favor continuen orando.

Gil esta profundamente agradecido por las miles de oraciones que se han ofrecido por Laura. El puede sentir su fe y su amor. Sus "me gusta", sus comentarios, sus palabras de aliento y sus oraciones personales y familiares lo fortalecen a el y a su familia.

Anoche ocurrio algo maravilloso. Mientras Gil estaba sentado al lado de Laura, una de las enfermeras lo llamo y en susurros le pregunto: quies es usted?
Gilberto le contesto: que quiere decir? La enfermera dijo: sentimos algo muy especial cuando estamos con ella. Sabemos que mucha gente estan preocupados por ella. Quien es ella? Quien es usted?

Se podran imaginar la conversasion mientras Gil le hablaba de como el cree en Jesucrito y en un Padre Celestial que nos ama y se preocupa por cada uno de nosotros.

Gilberto le conto que la razon por la iban a trabajar a la casa abierta del Templo de Gilbert cuando sucedio el accidente, es porque en los Templos aprendemos como mantener nuestras familas fortalecidas y aprendemos que las familias pueden estar juntas para siempre.

Una de las enfermeras pregunto si podia visitar la casa abierta para ver el Templo del que Gilberto esta hablando y por el que Laura estaba tan emocionada de trabajar como voluntaria.

Las bendiciones abundan mientras Laura, incapaz de respirar por si misma, continua influenciando a todos a su alrededor. Aun dormida, testifica de Dios y su amor.

De nuevo, gracias a todos. Como lo dijo Gilberto, las palabras nunca podran expresar cuan agradecido estoy con cada uno de ustedes.

Tratare de comunicar los reportes conforme los recibo, pero siempre habra un reporte diario por la tarde (noche en español).

Nanci Wudel (traducido por Laura Flores)

February 13th update

UPDATE for Laura LaParra
Thursday, February 13

Good news! Laura is remaining stable. She had a good night. The stent in her brain is doing a good job of draining the fluids and keeping the pressure under control. Her blood pressure is normal now. She remains critical and very fragile. But, she is not having any complications for now. Please keep praying. Gil is deeply grateful for the thousands of prayers that are being offered for Laura. He feels your faith and love. Your "likes," your comments, your kind words, and your personal and family prayers are giving much strength to him and his family.

A wonderful experience happened last night.

While Gil was at Laura's bedside, one of the nurses called him away. She whispered to him, "Who ARE you?"

Gil said, "What do you mean?" The nurse said, "We feel something very special when we are with Laura. We know many, many people are concerned for her. Who is she? Who are you?"

You can imagine the conversation that followed as Gil told her of their belief in Jesus Christ and a loving Heavenly Father who cares about each one of us and loves us.

Gil told her that the reason that he and Laura were on their way to work at the Gilbert Temple Open House, when the accident happened, was because in Temples we learn how to keep our families strong, and we learn how families can be together for eternity.

One of the nurses asked if she could go to the Open House and see the Temple that he is talking about, and where Laura was so excited to work as a volunteer.

Blessings abound as Laura, even unable to breathe on her own, is a beautiful influence to those around her. Even in her sleeping state, she testifies of God and His love.

Again, thank you to all. As Gil says, words can never express how grateful he is to each of you.

How you can help

The Laparra's are hoping we will pray for them and unite in faith and fasting in Laura's behalf.  She is a special woman, close to God and doing His work.  Miracles can and will occur as we plead with God.
The Laparra's are also in need of financial help for the medical bills.  You can donate Here or directly to a bank account here.

Also, There is a garage sale and bake sale on March 8, 2014 at 8104 E Peralta, Mesa, AZ  This is in the same neighborhood as the Laparra home.  You may donate items to sell by calling 480-330-2032 and arranging a drop off time.

Laura's wall of love
 Gil's Sleeping Beauty


The Accident on the News

The initial accident report on Fox is found here
Fox did a report on the Laparra's and the accident.  Find it here.
This photo was taken at a previous trip as ushers at the temple.


Laura's Life changes in a split second

Gilberto's description on the February 8, 2014 (Written on Feb 14, 2014)

My dear friends, words cannot express how I feel…. I haven’t been able to see your comments until now as I am at peace by the bedside of my princess. I read them out loud to Laura so that we can go pass through this trial together. 

I am touched to see the heartfelt and sincere expressions from all of you. Thank you to my friends in Arizona, from my beautiful Guatemala, from friends from Kindergarten, from Monte Maria, from High School and College, friends from my childhood and youth, and to all of those who have come in contact with my family. Thank you to my beautiful and dear family from Costa Rica, friends and sincere acquaintances from that beautiful country that know Laura and by beautiful princesses [daughters]. 

I know that some of you are confused as to what happened and I wish for all of you to know exactly what occurred and how my princess is doing. 

Last Saturday seemed like a normal beautiful day, in the morning Laura and Priscilla cleaned the house inside while my beautiful princesses Pamela and Shannon helped me in the front yard, cutting the grass and cleaning up the flowerbeds, later on we washed the car and then ate together as a family. A few hours later we drove downtown as a family to buy a ukulele for Pamela for which she had saved up for and Shannon helped her out with a little bit of money to make up the difference. I remember that there was a stage and Laura asked me to sing from it, after some encouragement to oblige, I sang her a song from Maná that she likes. 

Later that afternoon we arrived home and asked Pamela to watch Priscilla so that we could go to the Gilbert Temple to complete our volunteer assignment as a couple. We knew that Shannon was at a special school function. Saturday afternoon was very beautiful and we parked on the corner directly across from the Gilbert Temple. We walked to the corner on the North side of the street and began crossing the street from West to East. Just before reaching the opposite curb I realized that 2 cars in the center of the intersection were about to crash and I sensed it was dangerous for us to be there because either car could spin off in any direction. I pulled Laura by the hand and all of the sudden one of the cars ripped her away from me and forced me in the opposite direction…thrown to the ground I ran to search for her and I found her under one of the cars. I stood up and screamed with all of my strength that someone help me to move the car. Two people came to my aide and somehow we moved the car…. Upon seeing her so beat up, I felt that I had lost her and I yelled to call 911, several people held me back to calm me down and one man approached stating that he was a doctor, I tried to get myself under control and I asked everyone to step aside so that I could give Laura a blessing… I approached her and gave her a blessing…the paramedics took her away and my heart feared the worst, they checked out my back and took me in another ambulance, my mind was overwhelmed in thinking that I had lost her and my entire being was filled with an inexplicable pain. My friends began arriving [at the hospital] and give me comfort and 4 hours later I was given notice that she was still alive but on the brink of death. 

In this moment, Laura is still in a very fragile state in a medically induced coma to control the swelling in her brain. The doctor told me the day after the accident that she was still very fragile and anything could occur, he said that with a little bit of luck everything would turn out well, but with a little bit of bad luck we could lose her. He stated that if she does recover she would surely have facial paralysis together with a few other serious consequences…. Never in my life have I prayed with such intensity and with every fiber of my being, I cry out to God to strengthen my faith, which has been debilitated. 

In the past three days God has answered my prayers, my faith has been strengthened and is strong…. So how has all of this been possible? Through you my dear friend, through your prayers of love towards myself and my beautiful princess. I can feel the strength and faith from many of you, I know with all of my heart that Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind and that he died for us, I know that families are eternal and that miracles exist through our faith. A huge thanks to each of you for your empathy and concern. 

Sincerely Gilberto 
(Laura is squeezing my hand)