MARIETTA, Ga. - Surrounded by dozens of friends and strangers alike, Meg Ladner sits near the back of a Marietta fundraiser for her medical bills, saying she's doing better than expected.
“I'm overwhelmed by all the support and it's making my recovery go smoother I guess you could say,” she said.
Ladner and her husband Shane, a Holly Springs police officer, were riding a float last November as part of a tribute to war veterans in Midland, Texas. The float was hit by a train as it crossed some tracks. Four people died and Ladner was in a coma for days and had her left leg amputated.
“ I remember seeing the train and wondering why there was a train coming that direction and then that's it,” she explained to Channel 2’s Tony Thomas.
“It's been hard and long even though it's only been three months,” she said.
Just days out of the hospital, the Ladners are both still recovering and looking ahead. Friends said the couple’s medical bills are already run into the millions and there's more to come.
“I still have a lot of physical therapy and occupational therapy to go through; just learning my basic tasks and really building strength.
The family also has to get a new home to accommodate their needs.
“My goal is to get them a wheelchair fit for Meg, a handicap van, land for their new house and money in the bank for their future,” said the couple’s friend, Julie Cassidy.
The Ladners and their supporters have a long list of fundraisers planned over the next few weeks, including one on Wednesday in Buckhead, where some of the biggest names in Georgia politics are expected to attend.