Girl In Coma For 5 Weeks - Then Her Family Notices Something Isn't Right

In 2006, a horrible accident involving a tractor trailer and a van full of Taylor University students claimed the lives of five young people. One of the injured was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Little did anyone know, a huge mistake had been made.

Whitney Cerak's family was told that the young woman died in the crash. Laura Van Ryn's family was told she was in the hospital, unable to speak and badly injured. As Cerak's family grieved, Van Ryn's family prayed for recovery.

The Van Ryn family then noticed something - Laura's teeth were different. They then noticed she had a navel piercing, something they weren't aware of. They became suspicious, but then a shocking bomb was dropped on them.

The injured 22-year-old woke up. Laura's sister, Lisa, was there and asked, "Can you tell me your name?"

The injured girl responded, "Whitney."

It turned out that the coroner made a terrible mistake. The two women, both blonde and of similar stature, had been mixed up. Laura Van Ryn had actually perished in the crash. It was Cerak who survived, unbeknownst to her family.

The Cerak family got an amazing call - the girl that they buried weeks earlier was not their daughter. Their daughter was still alive.

In the meantime, the Van Ryn's had to cope with the crushing blow that their loved one died two months ago.

A beautiful silver lining came out of the story - the two families bonded over the event. “We love the Cerak family, and we catch up on what’s been happening and just encourage each other,” said Don Van Ryn, Laura's dad.

Whitney is now recovered, married and has three children. The Van Ryn family are delighted for her. After five weeks caring for her, thinking she was her daughter, she's come to occupy a special place in their hearts.

“Even in the midst of the crisis it’s been that which really has given us the strength to get through all of this,” said Don.

Source: Lift Bump
Photo: Facebook/Becky Marx

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