Paralyzed Mom of Three Needs Help

DeFuniak Springs, Fla. - One local family opened their home and hearts to raise three children with downs syndrome, two of which were orphans, is in desperate need of the communities help after their mother suffered a tragic accident. 

"She had been in a single vehicle accident, out on Cape Sandblas Road. Apparently, something ran out in front of her. she over corrected, flipped the van, hit the transformer and unfortunately, she broke her back," said Bill Williams, husband of Amber Williams. 

Following the accident, Amber Williams realized her life would never be the same. Chasing around three boys can be a challenge for any mother, but for Amber, now paralyzed from the waist down, it's especially hard. 

"It was pretty traumatic. To go from how your world stops and then, the things we have seen going to Shepard's Hospital, you just don't take those things for granted. Things like moving your toes and being able to wiggle and chase after kids. It's changed our world," said Williams.

A new $25,000 wheel chair is needed for Amber to get to the next step in reaching her goal. She is determined to become an independent, functioning mom to the best of her ability, when she is released from Shepard's Hospital in Atlanta. 

"That will enable Amber to stand upright. As it is, she is confined to a wheelchair now. She can't cook. She can't get to the refrigerator. She can't bathe her children. She can do almost nothing," said Diane Pickette, DeFuniak Springs resident. 

"In retrospect, that is also her guiding principle. I mean, her spirit is undaunted in the recovery, so that she can get back to those kids and be a mom. So, the power of being a mother is what is driving," said Williams. 

Walton County residents are hosting a fish fry on May 19th in DeFuniak Springs to help raise the money needed. 

"She becomes the champion and now she is wounded. We are hoping that ball gets picked up by others," Williams told us. 

The DeFuniak Springs community is rallying together to get this family the critical help they need. For more information on how you can get involved or donate, visit or click here.

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