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Continued: The ordeal of 'Disaster Victim #16'

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 21, 2007 - 9:24 PM

When her car landed on all fours (and her airbag deployed), she counted her blessings. Then she realized she couldn't move her legs. Her car had crashed headlong into a stone wall at the base of the bridge.

Rescuers used the "jaws of life" to free her.

A bystander's photo shows her on a stretcher on a pickup truck, with her left foot cocked at a horrific angle. (Photos are posted on her CaringBridge website, www.caringbridge.org/visit/mercedesgorden.)

Since coming home Sept. 7 from the University of Minnesota Medical Center, her days have been filled with therapy and doctor's appointments and planning for Sunday's benefit.

And everyone seems encouraged by her progress.

"It's amazing," Rudh said, "considering what's been done to her."

Maura Lerner • 612-673-7384

Maura Lerner • mlerner@startribune.com

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