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The Generational Effects of Auto Accidents

Auto AccidentsCar accidents don’t just cause pain in the moment. The effects can be felt for years to come. Consider a recent article for the Miami Herald titled “Broward family still feeling effects of car crash 12 years later.”

Evan S. Benn of the Miami Herald writes, “The Harris family was coming back to South Florida from a Disney World vacation in June 2003 when a car crash changed their lives. A teen driver doing 80 mph on the Sawgrass Expressway in Davie clipped the back of the Harrises’ SUV, sending it flipping down an embankment and into a canal. That day, an off-duty Miami Beach fire-rescue worker happened upon the scene, pulling over his car and running through the weedy median to help. He found Denise Harris, 38, facedown in the grass, not breathing. She had been ejected from the SUV along with her husband, Kevin, and their 5-year-old daughter, Alana. Their 7-year-old son, Taylor, got out on his own and made it to shore. Chris Kirk, the off-duty medic, rolled Denise Harris and kept her airway open until other rescuers arrived. ‘She looked dead to me,’ Kirk said later. ‘Then she took [a breath], and I felt a pulse, and I remember thinking, ‘Oh, thank God, she’s alive.’ ‘ The crash left Harris, now 50, paralyzed from the chest down and unable to walk. Kevin Harris, 58, is her primary caregiver. Although, after about 10 surgeries to repair the shattered hips and broken limbs he suffered in the wreck, he too has mobility limitations. ‘My right leg is three inches shorter than my left leg from all the procedures,’ Kevin Harris said. ‘It takes me about 20 minutes just to get up in the morning before I can check on Denise.’”

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