The fatal West Point Road crash in February, in which five people were killed, leaves its only survivor fighting to get her life back to normal.
The car crash killed four of Jayvianna Hurston Johnson’s family members, a friend and the driver of the other vehicle. She miraculously survived the crash and had spent 23 days in ICU at the Atlanta Medical Center. Since leaving the hospital, she has spent the last several months going through rehabilitation at the the medical center and Shepherd Pathway, both in Atlanta.
About six weeks after the accident she was able to walk again.
Her father said he is very pleased with her progress.
“She’s doing very well,” said Jim Johnson, Jayvianna’s father. “I have had real good case managers. She’s walking again and doing very well from an orthopedic standpoint. Her brain is still healing. Her orthopedic levels are healing faster than brain.”
Jim said that his daughter suffered traumatic brain trauma in the crash and it will likely take one to two years for her brain to completely heal. Her speech is well, he said, but she is still going through speech therapy.
“It’s going to be a long journey,” he said, with hopes that his 15-year-old daughter will be back in school in August. The former LaGrange High Student will be starting at Harris County High in Hamilton, Ga. where Jim lives. Jayvianna will continue her therapy at Columbus Regional Health.
Jayvianna’s church family of Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church and others have put together fundraising efforts to pay for her medical expenses and education.
“She’s the only survivor and we want people to know what’s happening and get everyone involved,” said Rev. Charles Martin.
The “Jayvianna Hurston Johnson” account has been set up at Charter Bank for those wanting to help fund for Jayvianna’s expenses. “A Reason to Ride” benefit bike ride is also set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29 at Confidence Missionary Baptist Church located at 705 Colquitt Street. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and will be $20 per rider and $5 per passenger. Lunch will be included for bike riders and passengers.
To register for the benefit bike ride and for more information, log on to the website at www.areasontoride.net. “Team Javianna” T-shirts and wristbands can also be pre-ordered on the website.