Family Devastated After Noticing This About Daughter In Coma For 5 Weeks

A big-rig truck was involved in a serious accident with a passenger van loaded with students and staff from Taylor University in the spring of 2006. The horrific accident ended up killing five students, and numerous other victims were transported to a local emergency room.

During the chaotic scene at the hospital, the family of Taylor U student Whitney Cerak were informed that their daughter had been one of the victims in the accident.

At around the same time, the family of Laura Van Ryn were told that their daughter had been severely injured and could not speak, but she was alive in the hospital. After the family was told by doctors that Laura would not be recognizable due to all the swelling and lacerations, her parents and siblings spent over a month at her side in the hospital hoping her condition would improve.

That said, the Van Ryn family was beginning to have doubts. One puzzler was that Laura’s teeth seemed to be different compared to how her family members remembered. But the most puzzling thing was definitely the navel piercing that had not been there just weeks before.
When the girl in the hospital bed spoke a few weeks later, it was obvious a huge mistake had been made.

“I said, ‘Can you tell me your name?’ And she said, ‘Whitney,'” Laura’s sister Lisa describes the first words the patient in the bed spoke after returning to consciousness.

The coroner had made a mistake during the confusion after the accident back in April. It was not Lisa Van Ryn in the hospital bed, it was Whitney Cerak.

In an indescribably emotional moment, the stunned Cerak family learned the daughter they had buried a month earlier was somehow still alive. The Van Ryn family had the even tougher job of accepting that their daughter was dead.

You might think the Van Ryns would be angry about the mistake or be upset with the Ceraks about the situation, but it seems the mistaken identity somehow brought the two families closer together. In fact, Don Van Ryn, Laura’s father, noted in an interview years later that the two families have talked to each other regularly ever since the accident.

Source: Lift Bump
Photo: Facebook/Becky Marx

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