North Stokes sophomore Crystal Gwyn will be joining her classmates this fall after a near fatal car accident that rocked her school and community last March.
The teenager doesn’t recall the wreck near Clyde Amos Road when her car overturned down an embankment and she was airlifted to Baptist Hospital’s ICU.
While in the hospital she was treated for a brain injury, a spinal fracture, and pieces of bone broken from her arm.
Gwyn’s mother, Jamie who was also involved in the accident said her daughter’s recovery was a miracle but continued to be scary at times.
“With a brain injury when you think they are at their worst is when they are getting better. That’s hard to remember and even harder to see,” she said.
But she and her daughter have been encouraged by North Stokes and their surrounding community.
“People have been amazing. The school has had benefits and games in her honor. It warms my heart to know that even complete strangers have given to us,” she said. “All of the love and support has meant the world to me and Crystal. I don’t know how to put it into words because a simple thank you doesn’t seem enough.”
Gwyn said since having surgery on her elbow and leaving Baptist she’s continually improving but still suffers from memory loss.
“My biggest things are trying to remember what use to come easy to me, and regaining the full use of my arm,” she said.
Gwyn is pushing through and looking forward to beginning her sophomore year and is planning a return the Lady Vikings track team.
“I am going to run! I’m going to work hard to get back to where I was before the wreck,” she said.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.