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A local family is asking for prayers from the community after a 38-year mother suffered a stroke on Tuesday.
Sarah Childress, wife and mother of three girls, ages 5, 11, and 13, is currently at Norton's Hospital in Louisville surrounded by her husband, Jarrid, and other family members. The stroke she suffered this week was due to a venous vein blood clot in her brain.
The family said that after suffering a terrible headache on Monday, she became unresponsive on Tuesday and was taken to the Medical Center in Bowling Green where she was soon moved to Norton's. A planned surgery was suspended due to the danger and nature. While her motor skills have been affected, medical professionals are currently saying it's too soon to determine the best course for her recovery.
Family members have said while she is not currently awake, she has responded with slight movements and hand squeezing at times.
"I'm so appreciative of all the prayers so far," Jarrid told the Edmonson Voice. "I'd give my life for her to be better. The girls need her and I need her. Please pray for us the best you can."
Sarah's father, Steve Skaggs, echoed much of the same.
"We can feel the prayers of God's people," he said. "Please continue your prayers for us. I'm so proud of Edmonson county and our people where I'm from, but our people is anyone that has prayed to our God on our behalf. Wherever you're from, we're grateful."
A relief fund has been organized in the name of Jarrid Childress at the Bank of Edmonson County.
Michelle Coleman, CEO of Bank of Edmonson County, said that numerous Edmonson County residents have asked how to help Sarah’s family, and as a result, this fund has been created. Both checks and cash are being accepted as donations at Bank of Edmonson County; checks can be made to Jarrid Childress. Checks can be either deposited in-person on their behalf or mailed to any of the three bank locations. You are advised to deliver cash in person, not by mail.
109 S. Main St
Brownsville KY 42210--Mailing address for all locations is: PO BOX 99, Brownsville KY, 42210
6780 Louisville Road
Bowling Green KY 42101
156 S. Main St.
Smiths Grove KY 42171
The money will be directly available to the family to help with medical and living expenses while Sarah fights to recover.
While the family is humbled by the relief effort, they were adamant about sharing to the public that their most immediate need is prayer.
The Childress' reside in the Moutardier community in northern Edmonson County.