A woman from Tazewell has left a grieving community after an abnormal fall down a flight of basement stairs left her with traumatic brain injuries. Brittany Procy spent almost two weeks fighting for her life in an intensive care unit. Friends and family initially remained hopeful in her recovery, taking to Facebook to keep everyone in the loop.
Several messages from July 2 called for prayer when his condition deteriorated. About a week later, Procy was removed from the resuscitation system and received medical comfort with no lifesaving measures in place.
The stay-at-home mom of five was engaged to Jeremy Carmack, whose July 10 Facebook post follows:
“I know I haven’t posted anything yet because I think I just got out of there, but this girl right here was my heart, my love, my strength and all I could ask for and more. She m ‘showed what love was and was going to spend the rest of my life with her. We had it all planned.
“I hate it so much. I’m so broken without you Brittany Procy. I try so hard to stay strong but I keep breaking down more and more every day. I wish I could see you, hug you and see that amazing smile that you had and there you say once again “I love you.” So if I tell someone out there if your husband and wife, your girlfriend, your boyfriend – whatever that either go anywhere hug and kiss like it’s the last time you’ll see it because it just might be. I learned it the hard way and I wouldn’t want anyone else find out Brittany you will forever have a piece of my heart I will always love you until I can see you again my love.
Michelle Holbrook, who is Procy’s mother, said her daughter loved to take photos, was bold and had a great sense of humor.
Just days before the accident, Procy posted on his Facebook account a photo of his ball python with a detailed explanation.
“Because a lot of people have a lot to say about my baby… no he can’t and won’t try to eat or bite you.” He couldn’t eat you even if he really wanted to. It’s a royal python. Yes, he’s a pet, actually… the easiest pet I’ve ever had to take care of… have you ever seen an aggressive ball python? No. Have I heard of them, yes. They have their own little personalities and learn the difference in the individual heat patterns of people and other animals. Please do your research. I respect if you choose not to even try to understand this type of snake. I won’t put my snake on you and I won’t try to force you to hold it. He’s far too valuable to endanger his safety or hurt him. Do I trust other snakes? Absolutely not. Confidence is earned. Please do your research before jumping to stupid conclusions you might come to, ”the post read.
Janice Earls Cope, Procy’s former mother-in-law, left a post on July 9 after learning that Procy would be taken off life support.
“We have remained close friends. She gave me two of my beautiful granddaughters, Zoie and Brynlee. I will be eternally grateful for this.
“During the last conversation we had she said a lot to me and looking back on it, it was like she sensed something was going to happen to her. She told me to make sure her daughters are happy and I will do my best to make them happy. They have a father, Clint Walker, and a stepmother, Samantha Walker, who love them very much and I have no doubts that they will take care of them. I told them they have more people than they think love them and will always be there for them. She loved us and we loved her. She would have done anything for us. She would have fought a grizzly against Leroy Cope. I don’t understand why this happened to the girls, her fiance, Jeremy Carmack, Riley, Cloey and Neyland and her family and friends, but God has a plan and we will one day understand. I’ll miss you Brittany Procy. Rest in peace until we meet again, ”the post read.
Carmack says Procy “will always be here” thanks to organ donation.
Her family set up a PayPal account to help pay for medical bills and funeral arrangements.
To donate, visit @ helpbrittany2019.