This CaringBridge site that has been created to keep friends and family updated about Liesl's progress since her injury on August 10, 2008.
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Liesl was in a car crash on the night of August 10, 2008, after she left her brother's wedding reception near Shreveport LA.She was the only person in her car and she was hit by another car with only one occupant. (He suffered only mild injuries.)
Liesl was transported by ambulance, within minutes, to the LSU hospital in
She began to awake from the depth of the coma on August 26. “Waking from a coma” does not happen in real life like it does on television, as we soon discovered. It takes place over many months. We have been told that such a recovery generally takes place over 12-24 months.
By the time she left
Liesl was transferred from the LSU hospital in
On October 3, she was well enough to move to the
On November 7, Liesl moved to Irving TX for more intense and directed therapies. At the Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS), she continues to participate in physical, occupational, and speech therapies, along with educational and counseling sessions each day. She has 6 hours of scheduled “classes” each day. At the end of the day, she takes a CNS bus to her apartment about 4 miles away. There, she continues to work on her daily living skills, such as planning her menus, preparing and cleaning up after her meals, and going on outings to movies, church, restaurants, and stores. She can do some of the work involved in these activities, and is helped by a full-time caregiver to do those things she cannot do on her own.
As of late November, she is not able to walk on her own, but generally operates from a wheelchair. However, she is gaining strength and balance daily, and we sure expect her to be walking on her own without the aid of her walker as time goes on.
We are so happy that Liesl seems to have retained her great sense of humor, as well as her long term memory. She seems to remember what she learned at
The support given to Liesl and her family on this Caringbridge Site, as well as the numerous emails, letters, gifts, meals, and prayers, as sustained Liesl and her family through some difficult days. Liesl and her family thank you and wish you all Great Blessings from Our Wonderful God.