The Rev. Sara Galindo, pastor at Drake Avenue Christian Church in Centerville, is back after missing more than four months due to an automobile accident.
The Drake Avenue Christian Church from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 is hosting an ice cream social with homemade ice cream, games, cake walk and cake auction to welcome the Rev. Galindo back to the community.
The Rev. Galindo was critically injured in a one car roll-over accident on Highway 5 in southeast Marion County on Jan. 28 in early morning fog on her way to Minister’s Institute training and forum in Newton.
“The road turned and I didn’t,” she said. “It totaled the car and tried to total me, I think.”
The Rev. Galindo was trapped for 90 minutes in her vehicle, had to be extricated and was transported by ambulance to the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She spent 40 days at Methodist, most of it in a coma.
Her injuries included multiple fractured ribs, two broken vertebrae, collapsed lung, internal injuries and an 18 inch gash in her skull. She had two brain surgeries due to inter cranial bleeding.
The Rev. Galindo said the doctors told her she would need three months in rehabilitation. She did it in two and 1/2 weeks.
The Rev. Galindo came back June 1 but is only working 1/2 time for now as she deals with complications from the accident.
The complications include a wind pipe that is not at a normal diameter that makes breathing very difficult for her.
Otherwise, she said she feels great and even lost some weight.
The Rev. Galindo credited the power of prayer from those in this area and around the world for her speedy recovery.
“It’s been pretty miraculous. The power of prayer.”