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Letter - Car accident will have repercussions for years to come

To the editor:

My sister and her husband were involved in a very serious car accident on Sept. 10. They live in Conyers, and were returning home from my sister's last radiation treatment for breast cancer. While making a left-hand turn into their subdivision in Martha's Vineyard, a car came from out of nowhere and T-boned my sister's car. Needless to say, my sister's side of the car was the side that was hit. There is a hill on the road where a red light has been placed, but if the light is green the traffic light does nothing to slow traffic in the area.

What I want the driver of the car that hit their car to know is that my sister and brother-in law's lives have been dramatically changed forever. She was in a coma for three and a half months, with many internal injuries that needed immediate surgeries. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, as well as many broken bones. My brother-in-law suffered broken bones and was in the hospital for five days, then sent home to recover in a wheelchair. His physical injuries have since healed, but the mental anguish he is facing is nothing less than devastating. Not to mention the medical bills that he is faced with. My sister was sent home from the hospital, while still in her coma. She has since awoken, but still, after seven months, faces many, many challenges. She still has a feeding tube in her stomach. She still has the trac tube inserted into her throat that is causing her to not be able to talk, nor can she breathe out of her mouth or nose. In the last month she has endured two more surgeries. One was to put both of her feet in casts, in hopes that she will be able to walk again, and the other was throat surgery, trying to make her able to breathe on her own.

I don't understand why the other driver nor his family have tried to contact my sister and her family to at least find out how she is doing. My sister was in her coma when her first grandchild was born. Can any of you grandparents out there imagine missing the birth of your first grandchild, and not be able to enjoy the first five months of their lives?

My brother-in-law is an awesome husband. He has put his life on hold to care for his wife. Yes, he still goes into his office on most days, but does miss a day here and there due to doctor appointments, rehab appointments, etc. His loving parents have moved from Delaware to help him out with the care of my sister.

My sister still has a long road to recovery. After seven months, she still cannot walk, talk or eat, nor can she breathe on her own. She is receiving many therapies, to try to get her life back to somewhat normal. I don't believe she will ever be 100 percent again. But, by the grace of God, she does have a chance to live a relatively normal life again. It will take many more months, possibly years, but our family has faith in the Lord and pray daily for a miracle.

Sue Green

Capac, MI