Two orphaned siblings held hands in the hospital while wearing their neck braces on Tuesday as they saw each other for the first time since a crash killed their parents and baby sister.
Angie Clemens, eight, and her little brother Zachary, five, survived along with their four-year-old brother Wyatt and two-year-old brother Nicholas when a Chevrolet Tahoe plowed into their family’s SUV in San Angelo, Texas, on April 7.
Their parents Jim, 31, and Karisa, 29, died as did their eight-week-old sister Juliana.
The driver of the Chevrolet was a young mother who lost control of the vehicle.
Her one-year-old son was with her at the time but they both survived and no charges have been brought.
Earlier this month, Angie and Wyatt were able to blow kisses to one another when their relatives put their wheelchairs facing one another in the hospital.
Zachary, who has a broken back, has however been too unwell to get out of bed until this week when doctors were able to put him in a wheelchair for the first time to bring him to his older sister.
Two fundraisers have been set up to help pay for the children’s medical bills. Together, they have raised $130,000. They can be found here and here.
The children suffered extensive injuries and are still considered to be in critical condition.
Angie suffered brain injuries, according to one relative who shared the heartbreaking photograph of her comforting her little brother earlier in the week.
‘This is Zachary and Angie,’ wrote Teresa Burrell. ‘They are able to touch each other for the first time since the accident.
‘Our prayers are for these little ones who have a long journey of healing ahead.’
Wyatt has now begun walking again after spending weeks in a wheelchair.
On Monday, a miraculous moment came when he was able to put his hands above his head, Burrell said.
Funerals were held for their parents and sister on April 21. Only Nicholas was well enough to attend.
Jim and Karisa married in 2009.
It is not clear what he did for a living but his obituary says he studied manufacturing engineering.
They were devout Christians and devoted parents who ‘were examples of faith, hope, friendship, and service to all who knew them,’ their obituary reads.
Their relatives and friends have rallied around the surviving children to look after them but say they are overwhelmed by the cost of their medical care and their parents’ funeral expenses.
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