We’re often told never to take life for granted and always live each day as though it’s our last. And as we grow up, the more we understand and accept tomorrow isn’t promised.
Life is fickle, and things can change in the blink of an eye. Therefore, learn to cherish and be grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t.
Even so, accidents can occur that no one can avoid. These events can end up leaving families broken and in despair.
Jim and Karisa Clemens were heading home from a family outing with their five kids: Angela, 8, Zachary, 5, Wyatt, 4, Nicholas, 2, and Julieanna, 2 months.
Suddenly, another driver lost control on the highway and struck the family’s car in a fatal head-on collision.
The accident claimed Jim and Karisa’s lives, along with that of their two-month-old daughter, Julieanna.
The other four kids, Angela, Zachary, Wyatt, and Nicholas, were rushed to the hospital, sustaining varying injuries.
And the family’s community of San Angelo, Texas, rallied around the four orphaned siblings, documenting the children’s plight.
Their great aunt, Teresa Burrell, took to social media to share a touching photo of Zachary and Angela.
The picture, which went viral, captured the moment the siblings saw each other for the first time after the devastating tragedy.
Teresa wrote on Facebook:
“I stand all amazed at the miracles which occur when we align our prayers with our Heavenly Father’s will.”
“Yesterday, we asked for you all to send a special prayer for Zachary. We have seen so many miracles with him. Yesterday, he was able to leave his bed and get into the wheelchair for the first time. He and Angie were able to see each other for the first time.”
“Angie has had a lot of brain injuries, but yesterday she was able to read and sing with us. Our hearts are so full of the miracles we are experiencing.”
“This morning, Wyatt was taken out of his wheelchair and was walking towards the physical therapy room, and the therapist had to stop him from trying to run. Thank you so much for your support and prayers. We feel them. Miracles are Happening!”
Providing a later update, Teresa continued to tell how the kid reunited in their recovery.
“All 3 kids are receiving medical care at Cook Children’s and are now on the same rehab floor…”
“Wyatt is doing so well. He suffered paralysis on his left side, but he has regained strength and movement. He can walk with a spotter, and they are having a hard time convincing him he shouldn’t be running! He’s a great comfort and support to his older siblings.”
“Zach is struggling. He has had trouble eating, and they have given him a feeding tube to make sure he receives adequate nutrition. He’s also fighting off infection, and as a result, has had a high fever for the past few days. He is in a lot of pain – both physical and emotional – and is our greatest concern.”
“Angela continues to improve. She is talking more and more each day and can read fluently for short stints at a time. She took her first wheelchair ride outside yesterday to check the weather and was glad to be in the sunshine. They are still working on managing her pain as her legs are healing from severe injuries.”
“As expected, all 3 children — especially Zach and Angela — are struggling with grief as they are coming to accept the loss of their parents and baby sister.”
Of course, these siblings require extensive medical and therapeutic care and support to recover from the ordeal fully.
One can only hope that they will find a way to cope with their losses and that life will get better for the children.