One of the scariest things about life is that it can change in an instant. One moment you can be as happy as can be, and the next you can be fighting for your life.
Prior to April 7, the Clemens were a happy family.
On April 7, their lives changed forever. As the Clemens family was driving along Highway 87 near Sterling City, Texas, an SUV crossed the median and crashed into the Clemens’ SUV head-on.
Jim and Karisa Clemens and their 2-month-old daughter, Juliana, were killed in the accident, and their four other children with varying degrees of injuries were taken to a hospital in Fort Worth.
Weeks after the devastating crash, the children’s family and medical team witnessed a moment that has now been viewed by thousands. When you see it and hear the siblings’ heartbreaking story, your heart will melt.
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Angela, the family’s oldest child, was in a coma following the crash.
“She’s really the one we’re most worried about because we just don’t know the extent of the brain damage,” Teresa Burrell, the children’s great aunt told KTXS on April 13. “She hasn’t been able to wake up.”
The 8-year-old eventually woke up and has started speaking again, though she still experiences issues with brain functionality.
Her younger brother, Zachary, age 5, suffered a broken back as well as internal injuries. The siblings’ 4-year-old brother Wyatt endured several strokes following the accident and the left side of his body was paralyzed.
The Clemens’ 2-year-old boy, Nicholas, was hospitalized for a few days and released.
Due to the degrees of their injuries, the siblings were unable to see each other for weeks.
After weeks of care and observations, Angela and her brother Zachary were able to reunite for the first time since April 7.
The two met in physical therapy and were able to hold hands with each other while they laid in bed.
“I think that’s what you’re seeing in the picture it’s the grieving that Zachary and Angela are going through,” Burrell told BuzzFeed News.
A physical therapist snapped the sweet photo of the siblings seeing each other for the first time in weeks.
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Burrell shared that one day when Wyatt joined his older sister in her bed and the two comforted each other.
When it was time for Wyatt to go back to his room, Angela looked over at her brother and said, “Wyatt, I need you.” He stayed with her, holding her hand for another 25 minutes.
Just a few days later all three siblings were in the same room together.
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The siblings have all been told about the crash and that their parents and Juliana died, and despite their situation the Clemens’ relatives have been amazed at how “resilient” the kids have been.
“I think they’re all feeling that connection to each other and that’s helping them get through this,” Burrell told Dallas News.
The Clemens’ children have made great progress, but still have a long road ahead of them.
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Although the children have made great strides since the horrific incident that left them severely injured and their parents and younger sister dead, they still have a long journey ahead of them.
Luckily they won’t be have to go at it alone.
The family remains hopeful about the children’s recovery.
Their community has stepped up and raised over $200,000 between two online fundraisers to help cover the cost of the children’s medical care.
“There’s not enough words to express our gratitude,” Burrell told BuzzFeed News. “This has been a very hard thing, but there comes a lot of peace with the kind of love and support we felt, and I think the kids feel it too.”