Audrey Self has made remarkable progress since being severely injured in a car accident in November 2013. She recently defied expectations and walked across the finish line in a marathon with a relay team.
Self’s doctors and family consider her a medical miracle. She was left in a coma with a traumatic brain injury after her Toyota Camry was hit by a dump truck. Doctors at Baylor University Medical Center did not expect her to survive. Self was in a coma for a month and underwent four months of rehabilitation. She returns to the hospital to work with physical therapists every week.
Self was a junior majoring in accounting at Southern Methodist University in Texas at the time of the accident. She began playing the violin again this spring and enrolled in an accounting class at Richland College. She has also accomplished other milestones that seem simple to most people, like sitting on the floor.
On December 13, Self walked the final 300 yards in the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon as a member of a relay team. She crossed the finish line surrounded by supporters. Self’s mother, Julie, said Audrey had worked very hard on her recovery, never taking a day off. Julie said Audrey’s walking across the finish line represented her dedication to making a recovery.
Self also gave a speech in May at a trauma survivors reunion hosted by Baylor Hospital. She said she has been making strides with hard work, patience, perseverance, and time. Self said her injury can help her fulfill her purpose, which is to help others.
Audrey Self has come a long way since suffering a devastating injury. Her dedication, perseverance, and positive spirit have enabled her to accomplish amazing things that many people did not think possible. We wish her continued success in her recovery.