WATCH: The family of a Surrey woman seriously injured in a bus stop crash last week is struggling to deal with two health hardships. Elaine Yong explains.
Kaureen Lamy is fighting for her life in hospital.
On June 30, she and another woman were waiting at a bus stop when a GMC van travelling southbound was hit by a Tacoma pick-up truck going westbound on 88 Avenue. The impact of the collision sent the truck into the bus stop where Kaureen and another woman were waiting.
Kaureen lost both her legs in the accident, along with one of her kidneys and suffered massive internal injuries. She is heavily sedated and on a dialysis machine. Her future is still uncertain.
Her sister Annick Wedley has been going to the hospital as much as she can to see her, but the family was already dealing with a tragedy when Kaureen’s life changed forever.
Annick’s daughter is only 10 months old, but she has spent the last seven months of her life in hospital. She has Down syndrome and a heart defect and has already undergone a few heart surgeries in her short life. Her future is also unknown at this time.
However, Annick was able to bring her daughter home, but she had only been home for a week when Kaureen was in her accident.
“It’s been rough, it’s been busy, it’s been emotional, it’s been hard,” says Annick, of the past 10 months.
“I spent the last seven months out of 10 months [at BC Children’s Hospital].”
Annick says she just has to keep going and wants to do everything possible to make sure her daughter has the best quality of life.
“It makes me smile and it makes me cry at the same time,” adds Annick of what her daughter is going through.
Kaureen was on her way to work when the accident happened and was supposed to come and see her baby niece after work that day. It would have been the first time she would have seen her niece since she came home.
“It’s very upsetting to me,” says Annick of what has happened to Kaureen. “It’s not fair.”
Kaureen’s fight is a day-by-day existence right now. A friend of hers has been taking care of her dog while she is in the hospital but Annick is not sure what is going to happen to Kaureen once she is able to come home and how they are going to pay her rent in August.
“We’re almost to nothing right now,” adds Annick.
The family has set up a fundraising page for Kaureen to raise some money for her living expenses.
Now Annick just wants her sister to pull through.
“She’s very funny, always making jokes, cracking jokes about everything,” says Annick. “I like the way she was with animals, that’s what I liked about her.”
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