Details on Melanie Marquez’s Near-Fatal Car Accident


Thanks to all of you praying for Melanie Marquez! She is doing fine!!!

When I first heard about Melanie Marquez in an accident, it was thru Norman’s Blog. After a quick visit to the Facebook of Melanie’s daughter Maxine Bumgardner I found out that although it was a serious accident, the former Miss International winner was on her way to recovery. What a relief!

Anyway, daughter Maxine has published on her Facebook the details of the near-fatal accident and how her mom managed to survive. Its a riveting story that shows just how tough our beautiful Melanie Marquez is, giving new meaning to her other title – Supermodel!

Photo of Melanie (right) is  from this website.

Thank you so much Lord that she is fine! Here is the story from Maxine:

For all of those looking for an update on my mom and the full story, here it is. But first of all I would like to thank everyone of you for praying and supporting my mom, Arline, nanay, and our families. It made all the difference in their recovery.
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Photo collage above from Maxine Bumgardner’s Facebook.

My mom (Melanie Marquez) was in a car accident on December 7 at 5:30 pm. 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 Step-dad (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 pm and got her and her companions (Arline, Nanay Terecita, and Adam) to the hospital 2 hours later.

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 moms best-friend) has 3 broken ribs and a fractured sternum while her mom Nanay Terecita (Arlines 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.

It 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 its 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 and Terry (husband of Arline) with his family will be taking care of Arline and Nanay Terecita.
As of now there are 3 visitors at the hospital. ML (Mom’s oldest son), 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 moms condition when I get there.

It made a differences that you all prayed and supported her during this time. Thank you very much!!!!

-Maxine
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