The mother of a 6-year-old girl who died in a car crash in Oregon last month has a new plan to help her daughter’s memory: Get her a plastic surgeon.
Rosemary and James Pearce are now planning a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for their daughter’s $7,000 dental procedure.
The family is asking for $6,000 in donations, which they say is the bare minimum needed for Rosemary Pearce to get the operation.
Rosehammer Pearce, 6, died on March 23 after a collision with a tractor trailer in a residential area of Eugene.
She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.
Her body was never found.
The Pearces say they have no idea how their daughter died, and are struggling to make sense of what happened.
“We were just so shocked and just so upset,” Rosemary told NBC affiliate KATU.
“I was trying to tell her, ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or a boy, you’re still here.
It’s not about your gender, it’s about you.'”
The Pearce family is still struggling to understand why their daughter, who had no prior history of mental health issues, died suddenly.
Their daughter, Rosemary, was born with severe epilepsy and had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.
Rosehill was an active participant in the local children’s play group, and was also working on her college applications.
But she wasn’t able to make it to her first exam due to the trauma of the accident.
A plastic surgeon, Dr. David DeRosa, performed the procedure on Rosehill.
The parents also had their daughter taken to the hospital for a checkup, and the Pearces were unable to find Rosehill’s blood pressure.
“I was told that the emergency room is a very safe place for children,” James Pearce said.
“But the emergency was really scary and really scary for my wife, because she had to hold my hand and hold on to my daughter.”
The Pearls say Rosehill was not the only one at the scene who was shaken by the accident, and had to be carried from the scene.
“They said that they had to carry her to the ambulance and then put her in a truck that had a driver on it, and then take her to a private hospital,” Rosehill Pearce said of the Pearls.
“They had to go in the ambulance, and they were like, ‘We’re going to take her there.'”
Rosehill Pearce says the Pearles and her husband, James, had to put their daughter in the hospital to save her life.
“The ambulance driver took her to another hospital, and when she got there she couldn’t walk,” James said.
“She couldn’t speak, couldn’t talk, she was in pain.
She couldn’t breathe.
They had to take it away and put her into the ambulance.”
The family has set up a Go Fund Me account to help cover the medical bills for their young daughter.