Recovery and Giving Back

- Twenty two year old Angelo State University student Katy Murray was on her way to work when the unexpected occurred. Crashing with a train, Murray, was left with all bones broken in both legs and unable to walk. After surgeries, skin grafts, and months of therapy Murray is able to walk with crutches.

"My whole life I'm going, 'Well that can never happen to me,' but it can happen to somebody and you realize how thankful you are for life. The sheriff said you have a second and a half to react after you that train. Anybody would say you can not react that fast. I'm lucky I reacted fast enough to turn my wheel or else I would have hit it straight on," Murray said.

A "Credit to Patient" Blood Drive at Jim Bass Ford will benefit Murray. For every four pints of blood given one pint will be credited to Murray's hospital account helping to reduce her medical expenses. Currently there is a great need for O negative blood type which is important to have in trauma emergencies.

"O negative blood type is a universal blood type and I can tell you that when Katy arrived at the emergency room she was transfused with o negative blood type because there was no time to blood type her. That takes time if someone's in an emergency situation, trauma, accident, and their fighting for their lives and they need blood to stay alive they can be safely transfused with o negative blood type. That's why it's so important," United Blood Services Linda Grace Donor Recruitment Rep Linda Grace said.

Despite her multiple injuries and long hospital stay Murray says, her family and friends helped get her through the pain and suffering she endured

"My boyfriend, his name is Heath Gasset, we're very very very close. Me and his family are very close. We've been together for six years now I mean he suffered greatly too during this. My whole family did. I mean having to go to the hospital everyday to take care of me, they never left my side. And I'm just thankful for them," Murray said.

Murray says she looks forward to returning to school in the fall and regaining her mobility to walk on her own.

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