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January 17, 2014

Coming together for Taylor

After 2011 accident, community continues to rally around Salisbury teen

SALISBURY — Life changed irreparably for the Brown family on Aug. 26, 2011, when Kim and Brian Brown’s then 16-year-old daughter Taylor suffered near-fatal injuries in a moped accident in Rochester, N.H.

Home since May 2012 after months in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, due to the severe brain trauma, Taylor requires around-the-clock care.

“I wanted her home; I’m so glad she’s home,” Kim Brown said recently. “Taylor’s awake and in a wheelchair, and she can move her right arm and thumb. She understands what people say.

“This has been devastating for our family. If I could turn back the clock, I would, but we’ve been very blessed with people in our lives who go the extra mile for us,” she said. “I can’t say enough about my family, friends, my colleagues at work at Anna Jaques radiology, our neighbors. We needed a foot of land for the (house) expansion (to meet setback regulations), and our neighbor told us, ‘I’ll sell it to you for a $1.’ God puts people in your life for a reason.”

But even strangers have stepped to the plate for Taylor.

Salisbury building inspector David Lovering first met her when the Browns began work on a 21-by-24-foot expansion to their Salisbury home that would allow them to bring Taylor home. With the help of many friends and local craftsmen who donated their skills and time, they were able to bring her home just as insurance ran out.

“I couldn’t get over it when I first saw Taylor,” Lovering said. “She reminded me so much of my own daughter.”

Taylor made it home, but the once-active athlete is unable to tend to her own care. Her friends at Triton Regional High School rallied around her, as have others. There have been fundraising events in Taylor’s honor, but her condition has — and will — require extensive attention.

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