A 10-year-old Georgia girl was hit by a school bus on Nov. 13 while walking to school and is now in a medically induced coma.
Rakelle Davis was walking from her home to Brookwood Elementary School in Snellville, Georgia. When she crossed a residential road, a private school bus reportedly turned onto the street and struck her. Rakelle was rushed to the hospital.
While doctors worked to save her, her mother Lisa collapsed and went into a coma.
“What she seemed to have was a stress-induced heart condition that the laymen call broken heart disease or broken heart syndrome,” Lisa’s brother-in-law Danny Davis told WSBTV. “Basically her heart function dropped to 10 percent when it happened.”
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Lisa was taken to Emory Hospital in Atlanta and put in the intensive care unit, while her daughter was put into a medically induced coma at Children's Hospital of Atlanta in Egleston.
“The biggest thing they are worried about right now are the pressure spikes in her brain,” Danny Davis said, referring to Rakelle. “They removed her spleen and had part of her pancreas removed, but none of that should keep her from functioning normally.”
According to family members, Rakelle walks the same route to school every day. When she crossed Holly Brook Road, a schools turned into a subdivision and hit her.
The incident has left the Davis family with enormous medical bills while both Rakelle and Lisa recover over the next several weeks.
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Danny created a YouCaring site to raise money to help his brother pay off the family’s medical bills. The page also serves as a way to update concerned family and friends.
The Davis family is focused on caring for Rakelle’s two siblings while their father goes back and forth between the two hospitals to visit his wife and daughter.
Lisa reportedly woke from her coma on Nov. 18, but Rakelle is expected to remain in a coma for some time. Lisa has been talking and moving since waking up.
No charges have been filed in the incident, which police believe was an accident.
Neighbors hope that the incident will encourage the town to change the intersection where the accident happened, which they say is dangerous.