Two friends who were injured when a car plowed into them are now helping each other recover. Their bond is stronger than ever and the two shared their story Wednesday at a Miami hospital.
Delia Tafur and Wendy Vasquez were waiting at a Miami Gardens bus stop on Oct. 23 when a driver lost control and crashed into them. Several others were also injured and one person died.
"We don't remember anything at all not even seeing the car coming toward us, hitting us. And my friend , right on the spot lost both of her legs," Vasquez said.
Hospital officials say Tafur and Vasquez were taken to Ryder Trauma Center, where they each spent time in a coma. Doctors had to amputate both of Tafur's legs while Vasquez's legs were left permanently disfigured.
"Now she has this device that lengthens the bone in that right lower leg," said Dr.Urmen Desai.
It will be a year before Vasquez will walk, but Tafur is taking significant steps forward in her recovery with the help of prosthetic legs.
"She has a tremendous can do attitude nothing's ever stopped her she's always a smile whenever I see her," Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. John Bowke said.
The two friends have since undergone multiple surgeries and both continue outpatient physical therapy. Doctors recommend computerized knees for Tafur and a motorized wheelchair. Vasquez is also in need of a motorized wheelchair and more.
"She said that she was not her legs, she's something else, and she was entire and the friendship of two people is not based on if you have a leg or you don't have any arm," Vasquez said.
The two attribute their recovery to their friendship.
If the public would like to help with Delia Tafur and Wendy Vasquez's medical needs, donations can be sent to:
Wells Fargo, Account # 1010304482928 for Delia Tafur
Wells Fargo, Account #205279550 for Wendy Vasquez
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