College Student from Illinois Finally Recovering After Car Accident in March

College Student from Illinois Finally Recovering After Car Accident in MarchEarly this week, Kelsi Bender, a junior studying at the University of St. Francis (USF) in Joliet, Illinois, returned to campus on a full-time basis for the first time since a car accident in March. According to the Herald-News, Bender had been on her way to the USF campus when the crash that injured her occurred nearly five months ago, on March 28.

The news source reports that after the crash, the doctors responsible for her treatment estimated her chances of surviving the incident at about 10 percent. The accident took place early in the morning, while Bender drove east on Route 52, when her vehicle was allegedly struck head-on by a car that had been heading in the opposite direction before suddenly crossing the median.

It took rescue workers nearly an hour to rescue Bender from her car. She cited her prospects as considerably negative at that time.

“The immediate prognosis was that I was critical for the first 48 hours,” Bender told the news source. “I was heavily sedated in order to regulate my heart rate due to the trauma, and there were no promises I was going to survive.”

She remained without consciousness for five days at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, having sustained a lacerated liver and spleen, fractures to her leg, knee and spine, a cracked rib, damage to her vocal chords and sprains in her ankle and heel. Most alarming was her torn aorta, which the news source reports is only survived by 10 percent of those who suffer it.

While she recovered, the USF community offered Bender and her family considerable support. She had no problems completing the year’s remaining coursework.

The Illinois Department of Transportation states that 561 people were killed in automobile accidents so far during 2011, as of August 24, a figure less than the 570 car accident deaths to date in 2010.