Si Maxine Dee-Bumgardner, anak ni Melanie Marquez sa dating asawang si Derek Dee, ang nagbigay ng kumpletong detalye tungkol sa car accident na nangyari sa kanyang ina noong December 7 sa Arizona.
Alam ni Maxine ang buong detalye dahil siya ang unang tinawagan ni Melanie nang makalabas ito mula sa sasakyan.
Narito ang kuwento ni Maxine sa Facebook tungkol sa aksidenteng kinasangkutan ng 1979 Miss International:
"My mom was in a car accident on December 7 at 5:30 p.m.
"She slid on black ice which is also known as invisible ice.
"Her truck fell into a cement canal about twice her height with no way out.
"However, because of her willpower and strength, she was able to climb her way out of the cement canal.
"She had to walk a long ways away from the accident before she found a way out. You cannot see the canal from the road.
"Yes, the 4 people in the accident were alone and nobody knew that there was even an accident. It was dark and cold in there.
"I was on the phone with her during that time, interchanging calls between her and 911.
"Me and my stepdad [Randy] was able to find her location and call it into dispatch because my mom couldn’t locate where she was.
"They finally found her at 6:30 p.m. and got her and her companions [Arline, Nanay Terecita, and Adam] to the hospital two hours later."
THE INJURIES. Inilahad din ni Maxine ang mga natamong pinsala ni Melanie at ng mga kasamahan nito.
"My mom has two fractures on her spine in the T2 and L1 region, she also has a fractured sternum and swelling all over her body.
"Arline [one of mom’s bestfriend] has three broken ribs and a fractured sternum, while her mom, Nanay Terecita [Arline’s mom] has a fractured back, sternum and a couple broken ribs.
"Adam, on the other hand, only got a couple bruises and cuts and walked out the hospital fine, he is currently staying with me."
Si Adam ay isa sa dalawang anak ni Melanie sa asawa nito ngayong si Adam Lawyer.
Sabi pa ni Maxine, "It’s so lucky that all of them are alive because things could’ve gone so much worst for them.
"As of now, December 12, they are doing fine.
"Mom and Nanay should be getting discharged either today and tomorrow.
"The injuries are serious but it’s better if they recover at home.
"Also, It depends if the back brace they are getting will help their fractured spine.
"Arline is recovering good, thank goodness.
"They are all doing so much better than a week ago.
"However, they will all need assistance when they get discharged. It will be hard for them to move around.
"Rusty [and his family] and I will be taking care of my mom, and my sister will be coming to the States in a couple of weeks to help.
"Terry [husband of Arline], with his family, will be taking care of Arline and Nanay Terecita."
Binanggit din ni Maxine ang mga bisita ng kanyang ina at mga kasama nito.
"As of now, there are three visitors at the hospital, ML [Manuelito, son of Melanie and Senator Lito Lapid], Terry [Arline’s husband], and Mr. Spencer [Terry’s father].
"Adam and I will be coming up later in the day after I take my finals.
"We should be getting more news about mom’s condition when I get there.
"It made a differences that you all prayed and supported her during this time. Thank you very much!!!"