Although Liz Taylor, 24, cannot recall any details from the crash that occurred when she was just 16 years old, she has come a long way from the condition she was in when it happened. Taylor and her friend Michelle Taylor had been walking near her Palm Coast home on the evening of March 2, 2017, when a vehicle struck the two from behind [Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal].
The source stated that the driver was not charged after the accident.
Michelle’s brother William Taylor “recalled seeing first responders gather near his home.” He began receiving bits and pieces of information regarding the tragic accident that had transpired. He first learned that a car had hit someone. Then that number increased to two.
Shortly after, he found out that it was his sister and girlfriend who were involved in the wreck. While Michele died at the scene, things weren’t looking good for Liz Taylor. The “impact bent Taylor in inhuman ways, separating her skull from her spine and leaving her internally decapitated.” The crash “tore her ligaments and broke her pelvis, shoulder blade, collarbone, ribs, both wrists and both legs—the left in three places,” says the source. She also suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
After the accident, Taylor spent 15 hours in surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma for three weeks following the procedures she had to have performed. When she awoke in the hospital, she couldn’t walk or speak and that is when she learned just how serious her injuries were. She recounted what was going through her head at that time and said she was “very confused” and was “in a lot of pain.” She spent the next three months confined to a hospital bed.
Despite the road Taylor would have to take to recover from the serious injuries she suffered, she has learned to live again.
During those three months Taylor spent in the hospital, she spent some of her time gazing out the window at the school she one day hoped to graduate from and wondered if she would ever be able to walk again. Her then high-school boyfriend, William Taylor, who is now her husband, also proposed to her although she didn’t take it seriously at the time.
While it took a significant amount of time for Taylor to get through the therapy and agony she often experienced, she pushed through. The source said, “she went to speech therapy once a week and physical therapy four times a week.” She began making progress and eventually was able to transition into a wheelchair. Taylor kept pushing and was able to attend Daytona State College which she later graduated from with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
Although recovery wasn’t easy for Taylor and she still experiences difficulty with certain things like turning her head, “she’s alive and takes life, one day—and step—at a time.”
A loved one of mine was involved in a serious car accident in Daytona Beach, FL? Is there anything I can do to make the recovery process easier on them?
There is a lot family can do after a relative of theirs was severely injured in a car crash. Being there to support them both physically and mentally can make a substantial difference in their life. While they are going to have to remain strong and work toward getting better, it is definitely a little easier for them when they have a strong support system behind them.
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- Medical expenses (i.e. hospital visits, doctors’ visits, cost for therapy, etc.)
- Medical equipment.
- Cost for home health care, and more.
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