by: Richard Elliot Updated:HARALSON COUNTY, Ga. —
More than a week after a colliding with a Haralson County school bus, an Alabama teenager is still trying to recover from the serious injuries incurred in the crash and a stroke that happened shortly after she arrived at the hospital.
The Georgia State Patrol said 17-year-old Maggie Condrey was driving along Highway 120 in Haralson County when for some unexplained reason, her pickup truck drifted into the oncoming lane and struck a school bus loaded with children. Investigators don't believe Condrey was talking or texting on her cellphone because, they said, they found her cellphone was turned off. In an e-mail Friday, GSP said charges in the case are still pending the outcome of its investigation.
None of the 39 children on the bus or the bus driver was seriously injured, but Condrey suffered a broken leg, broken arm, fractured pelvis and a collapsed lung. According to her parents Michael and Misti Condrey, Maggie suffered a stroke shortly after arriving at Grady Hospital. They said it may have been caused by a blood clot from her broken femur. But they added, she's made great strides since then.
"She's off the tube," said Michael Condrey. "She's off oxygen. She's absolutely blessed."
Misti Condrey said Maggie is still unable to speak because of the stroke but seems to be aware they are there.
"She is looking at me," said Misti Condrey. "She knows who I am. She can't speak. She can't move the right side of her body, but she'll look at me, and she knows that I'm mom."
The Condreys belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and believe prayers have helped their daughter recover. Misti Condrey works at the United Methodist Church in Bremen and said church members there are helping her family as well.
"It's overwhelming," said Michael Condrey. "It's truly wonderful how God has graced us with wonderful friends, people we don't even know, people who just send prayers and love to my daughter and just show this overwhelming love, and it means so much."
The Condreys also credit the medical staff at Grady for saving their daughter's life.
"They're angels in that hospital that love my daughter," said Misti Condrey.