Audrey Self’s recovery since a Dallas car accident that nearly killed her in November 2013 has been a marathon, not a sprint.
That’s the message that the 21-year-old’s longtime teacher, friend and mentor, Cynthia Anway, recalls Self sharing with her at one point during her treatment at the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas Intensive Care Unit. And that’s the motto that Anway and the rest of the Team Audrey relay runners are sticking to as they prepare for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon later this month, reports The Dallas Morning News.
Audrey’s mother, Julie Self, plans to push her daughter in a wheelchair for the majority of their 5.7-mile leg of the annual race. But Audrey, an SMU student who suffered a severe head injury and was once in a vegetative state, told The News she plans to walk across the finish line.
“It’s not a question of if,” Audrey said in the article, penned by Debbie Fetterman. “This is happening.”
This year’s marathon route includes the Baylor Dallas campus.
Also quoted in the piece is Thomas Cox, Psy.D., the director of the division of surgical education at Baylor Dallas. Dr. Cox said Audrey has defied science.
“She’s a miracle and an anomaly,” he said.
Through months of complications and therapy that continues daily, Audrey is now able to eat and talk on her own and walk with a rolling walker, according to The News. Her goal is a complete recovery.