Five-year-old Jazzlin Mejia, injured when her father’s car was struck by a suspected drunken driver on Highway 121 Oct. 29, remains in the intensive care unit at Oakland Children’s Hospital with spinal injuries that may leave her at least temporarily paralyzed from the waist down.
That was the prognosis reported by the girl’s aunt, Tatiani Vivas, of Sonoma, who said Thursday young Mejia is conscious and can move her arms, but has no feeling from the waist down.
Her father, Gustavo Mejia, 26, remains at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital recovering from major injuries, including two broken legs. Vivas said Gustavo Mejia has had surgery on both legs, has at least one more surgery scheduled, will have to undergo extensive rehabilitation and, Vivas added, will likely be unable to work for “more than a year.”
Jazzlin Mejia, a kindergarten student at the Mary Collins School in Petaluma’s Cherry Valley district, underwent spinal surgery last week to fuse shattered vertebrae and is expected to remain at the Oakland hospital for at least two months.
Her mother, Nannette Andrade, who is employed by a Sonoma optometrist, has not been able to work, said Vivas, due to the need to be near her daughter.