The Clemens family was driving in Texas when they were involved in a horrific head-on crash. The parents, Jim and Karisa and the couple’s 2-month-old baby girl, Juliana, passed away shortly after they were taken to the hospital.
Their other kids, Angela, Zachery, Wyatt, and Nicholas all survived but were in critical condition. 8 year old Angela was sustained severe head trauma, which left her in a coma for about a week. Both her legs were also broken.
Zachary ,5, broke his back and sustained several internal injuries. 4 year old Wyatt suffered a number of strokes and was left paralyzed on his left side.
2 year old Nicholas was taken to the hospital for his injuries and released a few days later into the care of his aunt, Teresa Burrell.
When Angela came out of the coma, her aunt says the first person she asked to see was her brother. “So we knew she had remembrance of her family. It’s really hard with brain damage to know where you’re headed. But we are very hopeful from where we were a couple of weeks ago.” Burrell said.
The one thing that gave everyone a little hope was the moment the three siblings reunited for the first time since the horrific car crash. Burrell said, “It was what they really needed. They just are grieving and were comforting each other.”
As Zachary started to get better, he started to show signs of depression. So to cheer him up, the kids organized an ice cream party for him. “They sang silly songs and it was like night and day. He just improved. All three of them being together just lifted his spirits. He just cheered up.” Burrell explained.
With time and lots of financial help from a GoFundMe campaign that raised over $300,000, the siblings recovery went a little more smoother.
“So many good people, from all different kinds of faiths, have united their prayers on behalf of these children, and we’ve felt it. We felt it as a family and we’ve definitely seen it in these children. We’ve just seen it. It’s just been a miracle and it’s been amazing.” Burrell said.
The children are now living with their grandmother, Susan Skillicorn and are set to join a new school this summer.
“We were visiting, I want to say a month and a half or so ago … they were running around but trying not to run around. There was just lots of laughter and lots of happiness. There’s also sad moments of course, they miss their parents, they’re gonna need to have counseling — but their future looks bright, they’re doing as well as can be as expected.” Burrell said.