Blood, Sweat and Heels star Melyssa Ford is recovering from serious injuries after a car accident in Los Angeles last Thursday. According to PEOPLE, the incident took place on the freeway after her car rolled over multiple times. She was driving a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited at the tome when it flipped over three times before landing upside down, after an 18-wheeler truck merged and hit the back of her car as she was on the way to a bridal shower. Photos from the incident show the former model on the ground, bleeding.
She sustained injuries including a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain and severe cuts and bruises, as well as a 10-inch cut across her face and head. That injury had to be surgically closed using stitches and staples. She remained in the hospital as of Monday. Her rep told Entertainment Tonight, "God and her seatbelt saved her life."
PEOPLE reports family members are asking for anyone to come forward who may have more information about the incident in order to track down the truck driver involved. “It’s so difficult in circumstances like these to live 2,500 miles away from my only daughter,” Barbara Ford, Melyssa’s mom who lives in Melyssa's native Canada, added to the publication. “Melyssa is strong, always has been. We are going to get through this together.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta alum and Melyssa's friend, Claudia Jordan, has since started a Go Fund Me page to aid in Melyssa's recovery. She also shared an emotional post about the accident on Instagram.
"She was involved in a horrific accident that could have easily taken her life. It’s actually a miracle she survived. She’s injured FOR REAL. She doesn’t even remember this as she has a huge gash in her head and blood on the brain," she shared, in part. "If anyone was a witness to this accident please inbox me any information you may have. As you can imagine Melyssa doesn’t remember much so I’m hoping witnesses will come forward and assist in putting the pieces back together. She was hit by an 18 wheeler... Everyone please send love and prayers to our friend [Melyssa]."