Dallas Marathon’s Team Audrey to feature ‘miracle’ Baylor patient

Audrey Self, a 21-year-old SMU accounting major and an accomplished musician and thespian, second from left, continues to recover from severe brain injuries suffered in a 2013 car wreck. She is photographed with Team Audrey members, former teacher and mentor Cynthia Anway, left, mother Julie second from right, and brother Ashton, right, at CC Young Retirement Center in Dallas on Friday, November 14, 2014. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)
Audrey Self, a 21-year-old SMU accounting major and an accomplished musician and thespian, second from left, continues to recover from severe brain injuries suffered in a 2013 car wreck. She is photographed with Team Audrey members, former teacher and mentor Cynthia Anway, left, mother Julie second from right, and brother Ashton, right, at CC Young Retirement Center in Dallas on Friday, November 14, 2014. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

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.

“Explore."

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.

Read the full story from Sunday’s Dallas Morning News.

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Scott Goldstein
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Scott is a former Dallas newspaper reporter. His father and two brothers are doctors, so healthcare is his family business.

5 thoughts on “Dallas Marathon’s Team Audrey to feature ‘miracle’ Baylor patient”

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  4. I am researching blogs similar to mine and came across this one. I love your determination to progress. I believe my husband feels the same way about my journey as your teacher states in the blog. Good luck to you and your continued success!

  5. Gloria Cannaday

    Doing Great, Believe you will recover all the way & stronger than ever! Such an inspiration to all!

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Dallas Marathon’s Team Audrey to feature ‘miracle’ Baylor patient