Acts of Kindness: Elise Salsbury - 8 News NOW

Acts of Kindness: Elise Salsbury

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LAS VEGAS - Eighteen-year-old Elise Salsbury is no stranger to what hospital patients experience. Last year, she was involved in a car accident while driving home to Tonopah, after spending a week with family in Las Vegas.

“I swerved. They swerved, got back on. We hit head on,” she said.

She suffered a broken ankle, broken femur and lacerated liver.

After a week at University Medical Center and months of rehabilitation, she was able to rejoin her varsity volleyball team. She attributed her speedy recovery to a positive environment with plenty of activities.

“When Jackie would come in and say, ‘Have you picked movies?’ ‘Do this, arts and crafts,’” Salsbury said. “I remember that taking your mind off of being in the hospital.”

“You have to be in a good frame of mind to progress with your rehab and stuff. That really helped me in that situation,” she said.

She wanted to help others. She used money she saved for a trip to Australia to buy movies, games and arts and crafts for hospital patients. She shared her story on Facebook, and donations poured in.

“My town started sharing it with all their friends, and people from Arizona were sending stuff and from Oregon, so that was really cool,” she said.

Once collected, she delivered hundreds of these items to the Child Life Program at University Medical Center.

“A lot of children fear procedures. When you have something to distract you - finger painting, DVDs, music to listen to - it helps,” said Donna Evangelista with UMC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

For her Acts of Kindness, 8 News NOW is awarding Elise Salsbury $800. She says she graduates high school soon and will use the money for college. She will attend UNLV in the fall.

If you wish to nominate someone for Acts of Kindness, visit our website or e-mail us.

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