From the Mountain Democrat
Rachel Gray, the El Dorado Hills woman who suffered major burns after her vehicle rolled over and caught fire on the Rubicon Trail’s Cadillac Hill during the Jeepers Jamboree, requiring her left leg below the knee to be amputated at UC Davis Burn Unit Wednesday morning and is in critical but stable condition.
In attempting to contact Gray’s parents, the Mountain Democrat was referred to Chris Patton, longtime friend of Gray, 21, and liaison with Gray’s parents. Speaking for Leesa Williams, Gray’s mother, Patton said Gray went into surgery Wednesday for the amputation.
“She was in surgery for seven hours, she’s making a great recovery and had a great night,” Patton said. Skin grafts had to be applied to her abdomen. “She’s scheduled for surgeries the rest of the week in the morning.”
Patton said that Gray’s parents are encouraging friends to come and show their support. “Nurses have been amazed at her recovery,” he said. Patton confirmed that Gray has third-degree burns over 75 percent of her body.
UC Davis Medical Center still lists Gray in critical condition and Patton said she remains stable.
Friend Lori Wilson said Gray, a real estate agent at Re/Max Gold in Fair Oaks, could face a long recovery of between six and nine months.
“She is fighting hard and has lots of love and support, but this will be a very long recovery,” Wilson wrote on Facebook and shared with the Mountain Democrat. “The recovery process will be long and extensive, but she will get through this thanks to the love and support of everyone!”
An account has been set up to accept donations for Gray at the El Dorado Savings Bank under the name of Rachel Anne Gray. The account number is 263017782. A Facebook page has been set up at facebook.com/RAGEFoundation.