Download: Three Kids Inspire a City - The Berry Family Story

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In July 2011, three young siblings lost their parents in a tragic car accident on the way home from summer vacation in Colorado. The Berry family was traveling back to Houston when their vehicle was struck head-on by an SUV that had veered into their lane. The two brothers, Peter and Aaron, who were 9 and 8 years old at the time, sustained serious spinal cord injuries that paralyzed them from the waist down. Miraculously their younger sister, Willa, was mostly unharmed.

After life-saving surgery at a West Texas hospital, Peter and Aaron were transported by Memorial Hermann Life Flight® to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, where they were placed under the care of the pediatric surgery team and closely followed by the trauma nurse practitioners. After weeks of treatment and therapy, they were both discharged in late July and sent to a rehabilitation institute in Chicago. The boys soon returned to Houston where they spent months in outpatient pediatric rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann—Kirby Glen.

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