On April 7, 2018, the Clemens family went through an event that would change their family forever. The family was driving in a city in Texas when stunningly they were involved in a terrible head-on crash. The parents, Jim and Karisa and the couple’s two-month-old daughter Juliana, were taken to the hospital after the crash but later passed away. Their other kids, Angela, Zachery, Wyatt, and Nicholas all survived but remained in critical condition.
The three oldest kids were rushed to a Fort Worth hospital where they would start their long journey to recovery from the accident.
Angela, 8, was inflicted with severe head trauma, which kept her in a terrifying coma for around a week. She also suffered from broken legs. Zachary, who was five years old, broke his back and suffered from a number of internal injuries. Wyatt, 4, suffered a number of strokes and was left paralyzed on his left side.
Their youngest living child, Nicholas, at two years old, was taken to the hospital for his injuries and released a few days later into the care of his aunt.
All of the kids went through their own personal highs and lows during the recovery.
When Angela eventually managed to wake up, Teresa Burrell, the children’s great aunt said that the first person Angela wanted to see was her brother.
“So we knew she had remembrance of her family,” Burrell said. “It’s really hard with brain damage to know where you’re headed. But we are very hopeful from where we were a couple of weeks ago.”
One bright spot that gave hope to everyone was when the three siblings reunited for the first time since the fatal crash.
“It was what they really needed,” Burrell said. “They just are grieving and were comforting each other.”
During little Zachary’s recovery, he started to show signs that he was depressed. To cheer him up, the kids threw an ice cream party for him.
“They sang silly songs and it was like night and day. He just improved,” Burrell said. “All three of them being together just lifted his spirits. He just cheered up.”
As the weeks passed by, the Clemens siblings started to improve, and their path to recovery was made a bit easier by a GoFundMe that ended up raising over $300,000 for their recovery.
“So many good people, from all different kinds of faiths, have united their prayers on behalf of these children, and we’ve felt it,” Burrell said. “We felt it as a family and we’ve definitely seen it in these children. We’ve just seen it. It’s just been a miracle and it’s been amazing.”
Since the photos of the Clemens siblings reuniting went viral, the children have continued to regain their strength.
According to news sources, the children are currently living with their grandmother, Susan Skillicorn, and her husband. Burrell said that the kids will begin a new school this summer, and hope to continue on the path to recovery.
“We were visiting, I want to say a month and a half or so ago … they were running around but trying not to run around,” Burrell said. “There was just lots of laughter and lots of happiness. There’s also sad moments of course, they miss their parents, they’re gonna need to have counseling — but their future looks bright, they’re doing as well as can be as expected.”