For the Love of Andrea – an update

By Adreienne Broaddus,

The simple task of spelling her name is a small victory for Andrea Vellinga.

For six weeks, the 30-year-old was unable to talk. She couldn’t breathe on her own. And doctors who cared for her say the wife and mother from Pendleton was minutes from death.

Aug. 13 was supposed to be one of the most memorable nights of her life. Instead, life changed forever.

That night, she was standing in the Sugar Pit, waiting to see her beloved Sugarland perform at the Indiana State Fair, when strong winds whipped. When the rigging from the stage collapsed, Andrea was pinned underneath.

Many thought Andrea would be the eighth victim of Indiana State Fair stage collapse to die.

Monica Hammerly, a nurse at IU Health Methodist Hospital, treated Andrea during the first eight days of her recovery.

“We call her our miracle girl because she is our miracle girl,” Hammerly said.

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At the Guelph Storm’s home opener this year against the Owen Sound Attack, thanks largely to the efforts of the Guelph Storm Alumni Association, several former players, their family members and of course you Storm fans, $16,500 were raised to help with the mounting medical bills of Andrea throughout her path to recovery.

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