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in a coma - whoops, sorry meant dead and buried. . .

ian

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Officials at Taylor University, an evangelical Christian college in Upland, Ind., confirmed the mistaken identification. A couple sat by their daughter's hospital bedside for weeks after an auto accident until she came out of a coma and they realized she was not their daughter after all, but another blond-haired young woman injured in the wreck.

Their own daughter, it turned out, was dead and buried. In a tragic mix-up, one family had been incorrectly told their daughter had died in the April 26 crash in Indiana, and another was erroneously informed their daughter was in a coma.

The two young women — both Taylor University students — looked remarkably alike, and the one in a coma suffered facial swelling, broken bones and cuts and bruises, and was in a neck brace.

The family of Laura VanRyn, 22, disclosed the mix-up yesterday on a Web log that they had used to record detailed updates on the young woman's recovery. "Our hearts are aching as we have learned that the young woman we have been taking care of over the past five weeks has not been our dear Laura, but instead a fellow Taylor student of hers, Whitney Cerak," the VanRyns said on the blog.

The family said that as the young woman began regaining consciousness at a rehabilitation centre in Grand Rapids, Mich., she said things that made them question her identity. The VanRyns reported: "While certain things seem to be coming back to her, she still has times where she'll say things that don't make much sense."

"We rejoice with the Ceraks. We grieve with the VanRyns," said Taylor spokesman Jim Garringer.

Four Taylor students and an employee were killed when their van was hit by a tractor-trailer that had drifted across the median. It was not clear who mistakenly identified the victims or how the error happened. But the VanRyns, who are from Caledonia, Mich., said their daughter and Cerak, 18, of Gaylord, Mich., bore an "uncanny resemblance."

A month ago, an overflow crowd of more than 1,400 people turned out for what they thought was Cerak's funeral.

Article: http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Co...l_pageid=968332188492&call_pagepath=News/News
 
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ian

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Here is one particularly tragically ironic line from the blog:

"As far as recognizing us... we think that sometimes she does, and sometimes she doesn't. Today she was asking for "my Dad" by name and when he went over to her and held her hand, she was satisfied to have him there."
 

ian

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I can see it, especially if the face was all smashed up and swollen as it was. . .
 

fear_of_fours

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jesus christ imagine being that girl coming out of a coma and you have strangers taking care of you and you dont know what the shit is going on that is a worst nightmare!##$#$%
 

fear_of_fours

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"Last night I sat with Laura while she was very restless. I was looking at her and thinking about how much I love her and am thankful for her. I did my best to protect her injured leg and arm and to keep her as comfortable as I could. She was really movin' and was wearing me out! I thought about how tired I was but that I would stay with her as long as she needed me to no matter what. And then she started hitting me. And kicking me. She'd make a fist and swing it at me. She wanted me out of the way so that she could do what she wanted to - which included ripping that neck brace off as quickly as possible. And then I wondered, how many times have I done that same thing with God? How many times have I deliberately wanted Him out of my way? How many times have I made a fist and swung it at Him? Hurting Him. And how many times has He looked at me and said "nothing you could ever do would ever make me love you any less." "

BRUTAL
 
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