Tracey Hagerstrom and her husband drove from her North Carolina home to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Friday morning.
Tracey said she had planned to use her vacation to visit her daughter in Texas, but the drive to the clinic became too much for her.
“I’m driving, I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god, we’re going to get there and we’re probably going to miss my daughter,'” she said.
“So, you know, I just pulled into the parking lot and I just just kept saying, ‘I’m just gonna get the hell out of here.'”
The Hagersons were driving a blue Ford Focus and Tracey noticed that it had a cracked windshield.
“It just looks like a piece of glass is broken on the passenger side,” she said, adding that it could have been caused by the sun, wind, or rain.
Tracer said that she was concerned about the accident and drove back to her home in the nearby town of Duluth.
“There’s no way I could have known it was going to happen,” Tracer explained.
“You know, you just don’t know.
But we were just praying and hoping that something would go right and that there’d be a miracle.”
As Tracer drove back home, her husband was texting her from his home in Illinois.
“He was just saying, like, ‘Hey, I have a car, can you drive it to the hospital?'”
“And I was like, Oh my God, that’s so cool, that would be awesome.
I mean, you’re lucky to have this car.
But, you can’t go to a hospital and not have a windshield broken on you.
So, that was just kind of amazing.”
The Hagsons were able to drive home safely, but Tracer had to stay in a hospital for three days for treatment of the cracked windshield, which required surgery.
“They were like, what do we do about it?
And I was just like, you don’t need surgery.
I’m fine,” Tracey explained.
Tracers insurance did not cover the cost of the surgery.
Tracing back to the doctor, Tracer says she was told that her car was not covered.
“When they came in and they said that it was the broken windshield, I was really, really disappointed.
Traced to a nearby hospital, Tracers car was inspected for cracks and found to be in good condition. “
But she had a good backup plan.
Traced to a nearby hospital, Tracers car was inspected for cracks and found to be in good condition.
“[We] were able, when we got to the Rochester, to get our car and drive to Mayo.” “
The car was the most important thing,” Tracers husband, Jason, said.
“[We] were able, when we got to the Rochester, to get our car and drive to Mayo.”
After arriving at Mayo, Tracey drove to her daughter’s house to visit with her.
Trach said that Tracer was “really happy.”
“She was like just so excited to see her daughter.
And I think she just said, ‘Mom, you’ve been really amazing, so I just wanna thank you so much.
You’re a great mother.'”
Tracer, Jason and Tracer’s sister, Kayla, were waiting outside Mayo when Tracer arrived home.
“We got to talking to her about what was going on.
And she said that we need to have an appointment to see a doctor and that she would be in the office when she could,” Jason said.
Tracias family has been going through a lot lately, Tracas husband said.
After all, the family was hit with a home invasion last week that left three of Tracios three children without a home.
Tracia’s sister-in-law, Kaylyn, also received a call from Mayo about the broken glass.
“All I can tell you is she was in shock.
And it was so, so upsetting,” Tracia said.
Kaylyn said she and her daughter were just “so upset.”
“It was a little bit overwhelming,” Kaylyn explained.
In the end, Trach and Jason said they will be able to attend her daughters funeral.
“To see the little girl who had just been shot in the chest, and to see this family who was so concerned about her and just want her to be OK and just just want to hold on to her, it was just amazing,” Trach added.
“She’s a little girl and she’s a special little girl.
And we’ll never forget her.
So I just want people to know that.”
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