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Waking from coma means joy, challenges for mom, child, family

Doctors appeared to have given up hope on any sort of future for Sharista Giles. Her family never did, and now that hope has been rewarded. The 20-year-old woman woke up from a coma last week. She fell into that condition back in December after suffering a serious brain injury in a car crash. She was riding in a car with a friend who fell asleep at the wheel.

This move toward recovery for Giles after four months of unconsciousness is newsworthy in itself, but what makes the story even more compelling is that she was four months pregnant at the time of the accident. And now that she's awake, she has learned that she is a mother.

Bad data can lead to bad medical care and injury

The age of the computer isn't particularly long, but it's been underway long enough that there are more than a few axioms now ingrained in nearly everyone's thinking. One of them is the notion of garbage in, garbage out.

What it means is that the quality of a computer's output depends on the quality of the data it receives. If the information going in is bad you can expect something bad on the other end. This is perhaps more troubling for the healthcare industry than almost any other.

Many factors can lead to birth injuries

All birth-related complications are not created equal. Some are the result of genetic defects or issues with the womb environment. Others may be the result of difficulties during the term of the pregnancy, labor or delivery.

In the latter situations, if the medical personnel fail to deliver the expected standard of care, the outcome could be a preventable birth injury. Where such conditions are suspected, the right to seek compensation for the damage caused may exist. The way for a Texas family to make the call is by consulting with an attorney experienced in birth injury claims as soon as possible.

2 killed in head-on collision on Texas highway

A two-car accident in the Flint-Gresham area of Texas claimed the lives of two individuals and injured three others on March 4 around 6:17 p.m. The crash occurred on Old Jacksonville Highway when a truck being driven by a 30-year-old man going southbound crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an SUV traveling north and carrying four passengers.

The driver of the SUV, a 41-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene when ambulances arrived. The front-seat passenger, an 18-year-old man, was taken to a nearby hospital and died shortly after from the car collision injuries he suffered.

Head-on collision with truck kills Texas woman

A crash that occurred at around 9:20 a.m. on Highway 11 claimed the life of a woman from Wood County. The crash occurred on Feb. 25 about 7 miles east of Winnsboro. The 42-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene by authorities. Her body was taken to the Batey Funeral Home.

According to police, a tractor trailer in the westbound lane crossed the centerline while on a curve. The truck hit the woman's car head-on in the eastbound lane, resulting in her death. The 56-year-old man driving the tractor trailer was not injured in the crash. Police released little information about the cause of the crash. Road conditions may have been a factor. No information was released in regards to charges the 56-year-old man may face.

Man goes on apparent hit-and-run rampage with stolen car

A man has been taken into police custody after a dramatic incident in which he has been accused of stealing a car and using it to run multiple pedestrians down. The spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety stated their belief that he deliberately targeted pedestrians, but they have not yet speculated as to what his motives may have been. Two of the people that were hit have died, and another two have been taken to hospitals in San Antonio for treatment.

The alleged rampage began when the 40-year-old man apparently hit a pedestrian in a parking lot at the corner of Iowa Street and Pine Street in San Antonio. Instead of getting out of the car to help, the man has been accused of reversing the vehicle and running over the pedestrian a second time. The person who was struck was dragged by the car for a short way and succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

Texas man killed by teen driver of pickup truck

Blunt-force injuries resulting from being hit by a pickup truck were given as the cause of death when a 51-year-old man died at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. The medical examiner for Tarrant County called the death of the Springtown, Texas man an accident.

Prior to the accident, the man's van had broken down near the 2800 block of Northwest Loop 820 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was pulled over to the shoulder of a service road. According to the police report, it was unclear whether the man was standing outside his van, sitting inside it, or walking away to get help when a pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old man crashed into him. He died less than four hours later at the hospital. The teen did not leave the accident scene and was treated for minor injuries.

Woman killed in head-on collision in Texas

On Feb. 3, a woman who had spent 18 years of her life working in the Whitesboro ISD was killed in a head-on collision. Flags at buildings controlled by the district were flown at half-staff in memory of the woman, who had served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal of Whitesboro Middle School.

The car accident occurred at 7 a.m., slowing traffic along a stretch of U.S. Highway 377, according to a report from a local media outlet. A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety claimed that the collision happened when a vehicle that was traveling south on the highway attempted to pass a car by moving into lanes of oncoming traffic. That car collided head-on with the principal's vehicle.

Head-on collision kills 1 in Texas

Two drivers were involved in a head-on collision near Athens on Jan. 21. A truck, heading west, drove head-on into a car around 1:30 p.m. There was one fatality.

DPS announce that they discovered during a preliminary investigation that the driver of the truck had crossed into the westbound lanes and hit the other car head-on. Both drivers were injured during the crash and were taken to a Tyler hospital where the driver of the truck was pronounced dead. The other driver of the car was last reported in serious condition.

1 killed, 1 injured in alleged Texas drunk driving collision

Harris County law enforcement officials reported that a head-on collision claimed the life of one man and seriously injured another. Reportedly, the collision occurred on Jan. 17 around 11:00 p.m.

According to authorities, a man driving a GMC Sierra in the Washburn Tunnel at the 3200 block of Federal Road failed to maintain his lane. Upon crossing over the line, the man reportedly first struck the left mirror of one Ford truck before then colliding head-on into a second Ford truck traveling in the opposite direction.

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