What could you accomplish in fifteen minutes?
Order a coffee, walk to the train station, bath your newborn, put the kids to bed.
On Tuesday this young woman’s family had fifteen minutes to make the most heartbreaking decision of their lives – whether to save her or let her die.
She was part of a group of cyclists last Saturday morning in Sydney training for a triathlon in the Royal National Park.
A group of determined, hard working, dedicated men and women.
The chief rider in the group was 35-year old Casey Kinniard.
She was training for her second triathlon, having competed in her first New Zealand Taupo Ironman event last year.
Her father told the ABC that his daughter was going down a hill when she swerved onto the other side of the road.
“Casey was coming down that hill, and we know that it’s a big hill, it’s quite a steep hill.
“There are some dangerous curves, and we know that people come off.
“She knew that road, she’d biked over that road, she just pushed it a little too far and she lost her control, went across the road, and she hit the car.
“The car did not hit her.”
It was a head on collision.
Casey suffered a stroke. She had multiple broken bones and severe abdominal trauma.
The young businesswoman was placed in an induced coma at St George Hospital.
Her younger sister, Jevada Kinnaird, spoke to Fairfax Media telling of the agonizing decision her family then faced on Monday.
“We had 15 minutes to make a decision as to whether we would operate to save her life. If we saved her life then she would be in a vegetative state for the rest of her life.”
It is a decision no family could imagine making.
Fifteen minutes to in which to contemplate thirty-five years worth of living and determine the path to take.
Fifteen minutes to make the hardest decision anyone could ever face – whether or not to let doctors operate on her swelling brain.
Bravely her sister spoke of their ordeal.