Outpouring of support for family

The four-year-old Townsend girl run over by a car in Hagersville earlier this month remains on the long road to recovery.Her story has caught the attention of hundreds of well-wishers who have opened their hearts and their wallets to her family’s predicament.A GoFundMe page was set up soon after Maeve Field and her brother were hit on the sidewalk by an out-of-control motorist in downtown Hagersville March 9.The initial goal was $25,000. Proceeds were to help the family defray the extraordinary costs of attending to their daughter’s prolonged stay at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton.Eight days after that posting, the goal was expanded to $100,000. As of Thursday afternoon, 1,345 people had contributed $102,531 with more yet to come.In an update on Maeve’s condition posted on the internet, mother Gloria Field says the youngster is holding her own and that the road to recovery will be a long one.“Maeve is an absolute miracle,” Field says in a video posted on the GoFundMe page.“We continue to walk the path toward healing one step at a time knowing our care circle keeps on growing. There are still more surgeries and procedures to endure. With that will come much patience and faith, and with it positive forward momentum.”The youngster was put into a medically-induced coma soon after her arrival in hospital.Last week, the family reported that Maeve suffered “extensive, life-threatening, devastating injuries from head to toe” and that – after multiple surgeries lasting more than 20 hours – “her life is forever changed.”Maeve and her family had just purchased gardening supplies at a hardware store in Hagersville when a motorist parked on the other side of Main Street shifted into reverse and careened across the road onto the sidewalk. The vehicle and its 80-year-old driver came to rest against a building.Maeve’s 13-year-old brother was hit and injured while the vehicle came to rest on top of the four-year-old. Her brother is expected to recover.Maeve’s father Ian Field managed to extricate the child. A passer-by drove father and daughter to West Haldimand General Hospital nearby. Once she was stabilized, OPP escorted an ambulance containing the injured girl to Hamilton.“We thank God for his grace and enduring love,” Gloria Field says in the video. “His eye is on the sparrow and we know He’s watching over Maeve.”As a tribute to first responders, Domino’s Pizza in Simcoe will devote the proceeds from selected pizza sales to the Maeve Field fund on Saturday, March 30.

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