Coleman benefit for flight nurse

By: Lauren Smith Email
By: Lauren Smith Email

COLEMAN, OK -- Close friends and family of Tosha Whitmire are overwhelmed by the support of their community after the flight nurse was involved in a deadly helicopter crash nearly two weeks ago.

27 year old, Tosha Whitmire, is now in stable condition after surviving a helicopter crash just outside the Choctaw Nation Healthcare Center in Talihina on the night of June 11th.

Whitmire's lifelong friend Christy McDonald put together a benefit for her on Sunday at the Coleman Community Center to help with medical expenses.

McDonald says, "At this point, she's just still trying to come out of the coma. And she's not really even responding real good yet. We're very hopeful that, that will happen. And we are taking baby steps. We heard from her dad this morning- she has been taken off the ventilator, she's moving her arms and her hands, so that's a good sign"

McDonald was blown away by the immediate response of help from the community.

McDonald added, "The day after it happened we started planning this event and I have just been in total awe at how much support we've gotten. We have had so many people donate. We have been out nothing for this benefit. All the food was donated. It has just been a great thing."

The benefit consisted of a dinner and silent auction which included a shirt and CD autographed by Blake Shelton.

Tosha's aunt, Sheila Ammons, says they are extremely grateful for all the support and says the accident has brought the family closer together.

Ammons added, "We've all just grown together to love and support Tosha. I talked with her parents this morning- everyone who's standing vigil at the hospital is exhausted. But they're hanging in there."

Whitmire's friends and family say it's time to give back to the flight nurse who lives for helping people.

"You know she went into the medical field to help other people. Because she's just that type of person. She wants to help other people. So this is just a way for everybody to give back to her."

If you missed Sunday's event you can still help.

McDonald says people can drop-off donations for Whitmire at the Calera Fire Department, Ma and Pa's Store in Coleman, and Landmark Bank.

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