Tragedy Strikes Twins in Crash Near Murray State

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Nov 23, 2010

The devastation is double for the family of Murray State University students involved in a recent crash.

According to the Murray Ledger & Times, one twin sister was killed and the other was left with a severe spinal cord injury as a result of the car accident. She is in critical condition at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The sisters are from India. Their parents are expected here in Kentucky to help their surviving daughter and to mourn the daughter they lost.

The two young women were passengers in a vehicle driven by a male acquaintance on KY Hwy. 80. At the intersection of U.S. 641, about two hours northeast of Nashville, their vehicle didn't yield and was hit by another vehicle.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has now declared that it intends to erect another turn signal at the intersection.

According to the Ledger & Times, the surviving sister has been diagnosed with a severe C5 spinal cord injury, meaning she has no movement or feeling below her shoulders.

People who don't recover from these major C5 spinal cord injuries typically have no movement in their body or legs, as well as no movement in their wrists or fingers. They can control a wheelchair with their hands, however.

Their lives are forever changed. They require personal assistance for dressing and washing, eating and hygiene matters.

The surviving sister is reported to be recuperating but making minimal progress toward regaining mobility.

The family is currently accepting donations to help defray some of the medical and other expenses incurred in this tragedy.

Source: Murray Ledger & Times, "Memorial planned for wreck victim," November 22, 2010

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