Five-year-old Maeve Field suffers double amputation after Hagersville crash

A five-year-old girl who was struck by an out-of-control vehicle and pinned underneath it a month ago has lost parts of an arm and leg.

In an update to the community posted April 9 on their GoFundMe page, the family of Maeve Field say her left arm and right leg suffered irreparable damage in the March 9 accident and had to be shortened.

Maeve’s left eye was also damaged beyond repair.

But Maeve’s family also say the five-year-old is getting stronger every day.

“Maeve continues to astound and inspire,” reads the update, written by Maeve’s parents, Gloria and Ian Field.

“Working with Maeve’s world-class medical team, we are taking good steps on our journey toward recovery.

“With traumatic and critical situations like Maeve’s, the mantra is and must remain ‘one day at a time.’

“We have celebrated many ‘wins’ along the way and also have endured the consequences of such a traumatic event.”

Maeve sustained devastating life-threatening injuries in the downtown Hagersville accident.

She had to be put in an induced coma and endure 20 hours of surgery after the crash.

The accident happened in the parking lot of a Hagersville hardware store.

After purchasing supplies for a herb garden — a special project for the girl and her father — the family left the store.

Haldimand OPP say Maeve was struck when a driver, an 80-year-old Norfolk County woman who had been sitting in her parked car on Main Street, suddenly accelerated in reverse, crossed the road, struck an SUV and mounted the curb, hitting Maeve and her 13-year-old brother.

He suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

No charges have been laid.

On April 1, Maeve celebrated her fifth birthday while recovering at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

“In recent days, Maeve has been more alert and awake,” reads the update.

“She is an active participant in her physiotherapy; getting stronger every day. Everyone is so very proud of her effort and grit.

“The best part is that even though she cannot use her voice right now, she is an amazing communicator and is even playing jokes and making us laugh.”

The family’s GoFundMe page has surpassed its $100,000 fundraising goal.

“The love and encouragement shown by our community — near and far — is both comforting and energizing! We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the wonderful cards, messages, meals and packages that have been sent our way,” the Fields wrote in their update.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for going out of your way to show love and support.”