An Ark-La-Tex father is making an impassioned plea for people to donate blood and send prayers in the wake of a bad car crash that severely injured his daughter.
Twenty-six year old Lauren Fogger-Tigges is in the fight of her life after surviving a car crash on Blanchard-Latex Road in north Caddo Parish on Monday, April 22nd. In Lauren's latest surgery, doctors will operate on her right arm Thursday, May 2nd at LSU Hospital in Shreveport. "She knows that the surgeons have given her a fifty-fifty chance of keeping or losing both of her arms," explained her father, Danny Fogger.
Fogger is no stranger to the public as a former Shreveport Police homicide detective and as the current executive director of the historic Strand Theatre downtown. In fact, theatre staff helped organize a Lifeshare blood drive in Lauren's honor back on Monday, April 29th at the Strand. That included Box Office Manager Stacy Dickerson.
Dickerson fought back tears when we spoke to her, describing the family atmosphere at the Strand. She said everyone has come together during this difficult time, to do whatever they can for Fogger's daughter. Dickerson told us, "Things are looking up, so we just keep praying."
Lauren's car flipped over several times in that afternoon, one-car crash. KSLA News 12 is told that it appears her passenger-side tires may have hit some soft dirt on the shoulder of the road and that's when Fogger-Tigges over-corrected the steering wheel, causing it to roll over. Her car finally came to rest upside down, with Lauren still strapped in her seat. Danny Fogger added, "Her seat belt is the only thing that saved her. That, and I believe God spared her."
And without that seat belt, Fogger said he's convinced there would be no reason for his public appeal for blood donations for his daughter, because she wouldn't be here.
Tina Hooper with Lifeshare Blood Centers has now confirmed that Lauren Fogger-Tigges' employer, Boomtown Casino in Bossier City, will host a blood drive on Thursday, May 23rd in the casino's Riverside Ballroom, in Lauren's honor.