Teen Musician Hit by Car on Road to Recovery

A teenager who was involved in a pedestrian accident was hit at a crosswalk at 3:00 a.m. in earlier this year2 is now home and recovering. The teen had gone out to visit a friend in the middle of the night and was walking home. A woman on her way to work hit the teen. The woman stopped and called 911. The teen is a straight A student and plays clarinet. She had just been accepted in the Kern County Honor Orchestra.

The teen suffered several injuries including traumatic brain injury, fractures in both bones in her lower leg and pelvic fractures, according to her father. She was in a medically induced coma while in the hospital. According to the teen's father it is possible that she may have been using her phone to send a text message while in the crosswalk when she was hit.

The teen will have to learn to talk and walk again, but her parents say that she is already making simple sentences. Her father is hopeful that the teen will completely recover and will also be able pursue her musical dream. But this type of intensive rehabilitation can take a long time and poses financial challenges.

The neighborhood is helping the family with medical expenses by holding fundraisers. A high school senior also said that the community is helping the family in any way they can while the teen recovers. The teen's father said it is going to take a lot of work for his daughter to recover, and that the help from the community will help the teen gain a full recovery.

Source: KERO Channel 23 News, "Teen Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury When Hit By Car," Cris Ornelas, Feb. 20, 2012

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