Prayers go out to the family of Barbie Tarr, Texas Equusearch volunteer search coordinator and Executive Assistant to Tim Miller. Her expectant daughter, Jessica, 25, was in a major auto accident Monday, March 16, 2009.

At the time of this writing Jessica will undergo surgery to repair lacerations and broken bones.

Details are still developing, we will post more info as we get it.

As of Tuesday, March 17, she is in University of San Antonio Hospital in critical but stable condition, with multiple broken bones. The baby is stable. Another round of surgeries are scheduled for this morning.

Details are still developing, we will post more info as we get it.

Jessie had surgery last night on her facial and head injuries. There is no nerve damage or brain damage, and she is somewhat conscious. We have been able to speak with her some.  She will have surgery on her arm and right leg, hopefully sometime today, but they must get her more stabilized first. Her left leg has a pin through it, and is in traction. The baby’s heartbeat is stable at this point, and we continue to pray that the baby is okay. Jessie is listed in critical but stable condition at this time. We are thankful that the angels rode with her yesterday.

I will send you a thank you note to post later, am just a bit too overwhelmed at the moment.  So much love has been shown, and we are so eternally grateful.


MARCH 18, 2009 UPDATE:

This morning, Barbie reported that Jessica has been moved from ICU to a private room. Her condition has been upgraded from critical to good. She is scheduled for surgery tomorrow to repair the damage done to her leg. Jessica has been talking and was able to eat some Jello. Please keep Barbie and her family in your prayers. We will post an update when further information becomes available.

As of this evening, Jessica is doing extremely well.  She is scheduled for surgery at 7:30 Thursday morning.  She is resting comfortably, and in good spirits.  There’s not a place on her body without scratches, scrapes, cuts and bruises, except for her heart.  Her heart is still the loving heart it has always been, and she worries about everyone else; she doesn’t want to be a burden on the nurses, doesn’t want to be a bother, it makes her feel bad when she cries and the nurses worry about her.  But that’s just Jessie.   She’s kind to the nurses, never causes a problem, timidly asks for something as simple. as a drink of water because she can’t reach it due to the fact that she has casts, splints or metal rods going through 3   of  her 4 appendages.                                                                                                                                                                     

The baby continues to do well.  Jessica is 15 weeks pregnant, so still very early in her pregnancy, but past the 1st trimester.  There are still concerns about the baby due to all of the trauma caused to Jessica’s body, and going through surgery.

Wednesday, March 18 From Barbie:

Jessie came through the 5 hours of surgery like a champ.  She was in terrible pain for a few hours afterward, understandably so.  However, once the pain meds kicked in, she was much more comfortable and relaxed.  We are hoping she gets a good night sleep tonight.  The OB doctor came in tonight and checked the baby, and the little miracle continues to amaze us all…..very strong heartbeat was heard by all !!!  How much more can one family be blessed? 

We wish to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to everyone who has provided so much love and support during this crisis in our family.  We are a strong and close family, and this has been devastating to all of us.  The amount of support that we have received via your messages here, your emails, calls and text messages has been so overwhelming, in a very positive way.  The Lord has truly blessed me, and my family, with friends such as you all, from near and far, known and unknown, and from groups such as BACA, the COF’s, my e dot com group, WS, and of course, Texas EquuSearch.  My heart has been so full all week with your words of kindness and your show of concern, I would not have made it without you.  To all of you, the “family of my heart”, I say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.  I have no other words that can adequately explain how I feel.

God Bless each and every one of you!

With love,
Barbie & Family

Sunday, March 22, 2009 –  Jessie is improving with each passing day, although she is still in a lot of pain.  The trauma of the injuries themselves combined with the trauma of so many surgeries at one time have left her body very weak.  She is not eating much yet, but we hope that will begin to improve quickly.  The baby’s heartbeat remains strong and steady.  Her 3 year old is doing well, staying with us while Jessie is hospitalized.  She does not yet know how hurt her mommy is, and we will have to contend with that soon.  All in all, we are so thankful that all the injuries will heal in time, and that the baby seems to be fine.  Thank you all for your prayers and concerns, we have no words to thank everyone for their support.  Please be assured, the prayers are working !!


  1. Marie on June 10, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    Hi Barbie and Ffamily,

    The miracle that God granted you and your family is amazing. Take each day as if it were your last.
    Jessie and the baby will mend and that lil one is a fighter!!
    Take care, God Bless and hope to see you again.

  2. Alvin & Jan Tipps on May 1, 2009 at 8:58 AM




  3. Donna Preston on April 13, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Dear Barbie,

    I was sorry to see what you have been going through in your personal life. I wanted to let you know that my family has been praying for your daughter’s quick recovery.

    I remember you asking me how I was doing when you must have been going through something very similar at the same time. When we are in such pain it sometimes seems that we are the only ones. Yet looking at your website it quickly hits you how many others are going through similar tragedies. I would never have thought my family would be faced with a lost or missing family member.

    You have been wonderful to deal with and we appreciate any and all the assistance that we have been getting and Equusearch’s continuing help in searching for my nephew Logan Preston in Lubec, Maine.

    Our family is doing okay however, my brother, Roger Preston and my dad, James Preston are continuing combing the beach and shoreline daily. We are hopeful as we did get some pictures from the plane and are confident that if we find the remainder of the boat that with a diving team we will find Logan.

    When this is over my family and I will do all that we can to promote and create awareness for Equusearch.

    A speedy recovery for your daughter! A million thanks to you for everything.

    Donna Preston

  4. Maggie on March 29, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    Haven’t heard any news.I hope and pray everything is still going well and that Jessie is starting to eat and that God is taking care of that precious baby. Barbie,I hope your taking care of yourself and getting the rest that you need. God bless your family….(((HUGS)))

    Love, Maggie

  5. Victoria on March 27, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    My prayers and thoughts are still with all of you. I know this is a difficult time and the recovery period is a slow process. Take care of yourself and rest as much as you can……….. I know you are a strong willed person and so is your daughter and you will get through this will flying colors…….

  6. helen davis on March 25, 2009 at 12:56 AM

    barbi, i am so sorry for what you all are going through right now and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. also if you need anything, ie foot work or running around errands or something, i`m not to far from sa. wish for speedy recovery of mom to be and baby too.

  7. Marsha on March 23, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    Praise God that she is doing well and bless that miracle baby!! Have been checking for updates and will continue to pray….love to you all

  8. DarleneHart Catlett on March 22, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    I just read about your daughter and my prayers are certainly with you and her and the little one. They do say angels are among us when we need them. Continueal prayers on her improvement . Texas Equusearch member and volunteer. Darlene Hart Catlett

  9. Maggie on March 22, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Barbie~Thank you so much for taking the time to keep us updated on Jessie. Prayers are being answered ~ recovery will take time for her,the poor girl. The pain must be awful. I cannot even imagine. She will regain her strength back when she starts to eat more and I will be praying hard on that. Angels were riding with her for sure and protecting Jessie and that little miricale baby! God bless them both. Wow! Sara is 3? Grandma and Grandpas pride n joy! I remember when she was born. Bet she is missing mommy. Give her Hugs for me. Prayers being sent with love ~ God bless Barbie,Jessie,miricale baby,Sara and family

    Love from my heart,

  10. Maggie on March 20, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Barbie ~ I posted once already in but I wanted to post here also to be sure you know that I am following Jessie’s progress and her unborn baby. It is so sad that this has happened to such a beautiful young lady and to a wonderful family but it is great to hear that she is progressing well…I know she has alot of hard work ahead of her and not out of the woods yet. I will be praying for you all,day and night. * Jesus, I ask you to place Your gentle hands on Jessie and heal her and free her from her pain.Let this young lady deliver a strong,healthy,happy baby.I also ask You Lord,to give Barbie and her family the strength to cope through Jessie’s recovery time. Place Your hands on each of their heads and bless them each and every night…in the name of Jesus…Amen*

    God bless each of you…Love,Maggie

  11. Dayna Breman on March 20, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Barbie Doll,
    Thank you so much for keeping us up to date. I know this is hard on you. Love you so very much. I am trying to keep your friends on updated on Jessies condition for you and the Prayers coming too.

    You will always be in my Heart.

  12. Sherry McKinney on March 20, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    I am so happy to hear the wonderful news about Jessie and her little miracle baby. The power of prayer is so remarkable and I will continue to pray for you and your incredible family. Jessie is so fortunate to have such a strong and supportive family who loves her so much. Your family here at TES is here for you, too!

    We love you so much,

  13. Karen Manda on March 20, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Barbie, You, your entire family, and Jessica and her baby are in my prayers!

  14. Victoria on March 19, 2009 at 8:04 AM

    Thank you so much for the updates. She sounds like one determined little cookie…. Her baby is so lucky to have a Mom who is so caring and thinks more of others than herself…Tell her to Please take advantage of the kindness of all thoses around her in her time of need. Once she heals and that baby comes…. she will wish she had all those nurses at her disposal to help her then.

    Prays to all…………..

  15. David Lohr on March 19, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    You are in my thoughts…

  16. laurie Powell on March 18, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    I am so happy to hear she can be out of ICU and in regular private home. Its also good news the baby is doing well.
    We are keeping you in our prayers
    LeLe1953 ( Laurie NC0

  17. Jayson Ackernecht on March 18, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    We here back in NY will light a candle for we have only begone to know you through phone conversations, please except our sympethy for your daught and your family, in this tragic time of need. We will pray extra hard for you. We hope that things will work out OK in the end

    Jayson Ackernecht
    New York State

  18. Pam Iannone on March 18, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Barbie Doll,
    AS always you are in my heart, I will say prayers for Jessie’s recovery and for the new baby to be kept safe and sound until arrival time. You know that you are always in thoughts. My you and your Family have extra Blessings from the angels above.
    Love Pam

  19. Melissa Southerland on March 18, 2009 at 9:15 AM


    Through the strength of prayer from your family, friends and strangers, you and your family will pull through this rough time.

    Stay strong.

  20. laurie Powell on March 18, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Please know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. God workds miracles & he will with your daughter & grandbaby. I hope you know many hugs, prayers & well wishes are with you.
    Lele1953 ( Laurie NC)

  21. Tina Hoffman on March 17, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    I am so very sad to hear about Jessica’s accident and have been praying since I heard the news. Your post today sounds like good news – no brain, nerve or baby damage so let’s hope the good news keeps coming. If you or your family need any help during the long recovery period, you let your fish-mate know!

  22. PlatinumSkye on March 17, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Very sad action that occured here, luckily it was not as bad as it could have been. I will offer up my prayers to her and her fetus’s safe recovery.

  23. Dayna Breman on March 17, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Barbie Doll, I am so sorry to hear about Jessie’s accident. I have her, the new babe, Sara, Aaron, You my dear Friend and even ole Buck in my prayers. I pray that God grants us a speedy & full recovery for our Lovely Jessica. And May the Angels keep her and the babe safe during her recovery.
    You are always in my Heart . I am here any time you want me.

  24. Veronica on March 17, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    For Jessica and the baby, a get well prayer:

    This get well prayer is sent with love
    A special request to Father God above
    That His healing touch, soon be on the way.
    Bringing you well and brighter days

    May all the days ahead for you, be kind
    Blessing you with a healthy body, soul and mind.

    God bless you abundantly, is my prayer
    Always safely to be kept, in his loving care.

    Barbie – stay strong and remember the COF’s are there for you.

  25. Marsha Calhoun on March 17, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Barbie, I am praying darlin’. We serve a mighty God! He has your daughter and that baby in his caring hands! The best physician!. I pray for your strength and courage to take on this battle and I know you will come out victorious! Please know I love you and give your daughter a hug from me. I am here if you need me….have you all on the prayer list. I love you, Marsha

  26. Kimberly Knight on March 17, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Barbie and Family, My heart and prayers go out to you. I will continue to pray for you all. I wish I could be there with you sweetie, Please don’t hesitate to pick up that phone and call me. Remember Cody would want to stay strong through this hard time ok. We love you and Miss you so so much. God Bless
    The Knight Family
    Cody, Dolan, Kim & Dennis & Lu Lu…..

  27. Sherry McKinney on March 17, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    My prayers are with Jessica, her unborn child, Sara, you, Schott and the rest of your family. I pray for strength for all of you at this difficult time. Everyone I have talked to sends their prayers for your entire family. If you need anything from any of us, we are here for you.

    and your entire Texas EquuSearch Family

  28. Debbye Brown on March 17, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    I am praying for a speedy recovery for Jessica, and Her unborn child to remain safe. Barb I’m praying for strength for you, Schott, and the rest of your family. Please if there is anything at all I can do, please let me know.
    Love Ya

  29. Kaye Clinard on March 17, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with your daughter and you during this difficult time.

  30. Victoria on March 17, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    God is watching over you and will take care of you. I firmly believe in the power of prayer. So many people are pulling
    for your complete recovery and you precious baby.

  31. DonnaB on March 17, 2009 at 3:17 AM

    My Good Friend ,
    We are praying for your daughter , and the lil one
    she is carrying. Also to you and your Family.
    I wish I could be there for you at this time of needing support….. Know that I am here if you need me. God Please give Barbie the strength to stay strong. And Comfort her in this time of need.
    Lord watch over Jessica and the baby and protect them
    from any further trauma, Lord bless the Doctors working on Jessica…. Look over the whole family and
    help them stay strong for each other and to keep the faith strong….. In Jesus name..

  32. Sheryl Sawyers on March 17, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Barbie, I am praying for your daughter and her unborn child as well as the entire family. Stay strong. The circle of friends is here for you if you should need us. We all love you. Take care of yourself. Love you. Sheryl Sawyers

  33. Susan Al Bassam on March 16, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    Barbie and family,
    I am so sorry to hear this news. I will light a candle for your beautiful daughter and keep her and your whole family in my prayers and thoughts. May the power of God be with you and your whole family at this time of need.

    God Bless y’all,
    Susan Al-Bassam

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