Local girl fights for life

Local girl fights for life

By Peggy Mackenzie

A 2012 Greenbrier West High School graduate and current student at Bluefield State College is fighting for her life following a severe car accident which occurred on Saturday, Apr. 4.

Twenty-one year old Audrey Shuff was traveling home when she lost control of her vehicle on Kieffer Road in Crawley, which plunged down a hill and crashed through two fences before hitting a tree head on. According to her mother, Shuff was followed by a friend, who immediately called 911 when he witnessed the accident.

The Rupert and Clintonville Fire Departments and the Quinwood Ambulance were on the scene shortly thereafter and worked tirelessly to free Shuff from the crushed vehicle and stabilize her for transport. She was initially taken to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, and then once she was stable, she was taken to the Charleston Area Medical Center.

Shuff suffered a collapsed and punctured right lung, broken ribs and a broken scapula in the accident. She initially experienced brain stem bleeding, which has since abated, and is now showing “good cognitive responses despite being currently unable to verbally communicate or move very much of her body.”

“We’re just so thankful,” said Shuff’s mother. “We almost lost her. She came just about as close to death as you can,” she said, as reported in The West Virginia Daily News.

A fund has been set up by friends of the family to help with mounting medical expenses. To donate, visit or contact City National Bank and ask to have a donation applied to the Audrey Shuff Fund.

 

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