Late last month, radio personality Melyssa Ford sustained serious injuries after an 18-wheel tractor trailer clipped the back of her Jeep’s tire and sent the car into a tailspin on the Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles.
The former video vixen has been recovering at home for the past week after suffering from a concussion, fractured skull, bleeding in the brain and a 10-inch head wound that had to be surgically closed with staples and stitches. Sources at The Jasmine Brand say she is currently using a walker to get around while she continues to heal.
Ford herself took to social media to thank her fans and supporters for their prayers during one of the most difficult times of her life, sharing a video to YouTube as well as a lengthy message via Instagram.
“I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your prayers and love and support,” said the recovering star. “I especially wanted to thank the good samaritans who stopped and helped me and the EMT and the drama staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital.
“I’m just grateful I was given another chance at life. I appreciate all of your messages and well wishes, they really keep my spirits up. For everyone who donated to the GoFundMe that my friend set up, I can’t express my gratitude enough.”
See the full video below.
Ford also took to Instagram to say thank you, once again expressing her gratitude for the fast-acting strangers who pulled her from the wreckage and the EMTs who made sure she was promptly transported to the hospital.
Read the full note below.
Just over 4 weeks ago I was involved in a near fatal car crash. I have struggled to remember a lot of what happened during the course of my recovery. Due to my skull fracture and concussion, there are parts I may never remember. What I do know now, after seeing photos and hearing the accounts from people that came to my rescue before the EMT’s, is that some incredible human beings stopped to pull me from the wreckage of my Jeep, risking their lives not knowing if the car was at risk of catching fire. They removed their own clothing to place under and around my head to hold the gaping wound to my skull closed, and held a hat over my face to shield me from the sun. Just days before, I had been having a moment where I feared for humanity. Where it seemed we were more interested in capturing a moment rather than helping a soul in need. My fears were put to rest, by the quick thinking and compassionate actions of the Good Samaritans that helped me, the fast acting EMT workers and trauma staff and Huntington Memorial hospital and by the overwhelming outpouring of support that I’ve received from people all over the world. I’m humbled by the love and care and concern I’ve received. To my friends who raced to my hospital bed and rallied around me since the day of the crash, you are my forever family. From bringing me everything I could possibly need to having the forethought to start a Go Fund Me to assist with my present and future medical expenses, I’ll never be able to convey how much it has meant to me to know, without a doubt, that you had my back in my greatest hour of need.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.