Community rallies for St. Marys woman recovering from brain injury

ROSSVILLE, Kan. (WIBW) - Last September Mallory Mitchell went to get her wisdom teeth removed – and due to a series of complications – was left in a coma.

Now after months of therapy, her community is coming together to support her on her road to recovery.

Mitchell had to re-learn how to walk – and how to speak after the incident.

She’s doing fine now – but the Rossville American Legion Post and musician Scott Helmer want to continue supporting her, reminding people to never give up.

"When times get tough, small town communities come together," Penny Jamvold, the commander of the Rossville American Legion, said.

And come together they did Friday night - in full support of Mitchell and her fiancé Kyle Hammer.

"It's good to see the community come together, and not just Rossville, but St. Marys and the surrounding area," Hammer said.

"The support that we have received through this is just incredible."

Jamvold continued, "When someone is in need, everyone comes together."

The legion set up a booth at the door to take donations - 100% of that - and a portion of the bar sales too - will go towards supporting the young couple as Mallory continues treatment and recovery.

A big part of the event was the entertainment.

The man responsible for that is Helmer, who travels the country to perform. He was drawn in by Rossville's charm, so he wanted to help draw crowds to the fundraiser.

"It's incredible you know, I get to do my little part and just play some music," he said."

"You know, we're celebrating tonight. We're celebrating life, second chances, comebacks, and for me to be a part of that and just have a little fun tonight, I'm very blessed."

All this support doesn't come as a surprise to Mitchell and Hammer. They always knew their community would have their backs.

"We couldn't be happier," Hammer said.

You can see more of Mitchell and Hammer's story here.