COMA GIRL JENNIFER ‘IN THE FIGHT OF HER LIFE’
Doctors’ verdict on teenager hurt in East End car crash
EXCLUSIVE A GLASGOW student is facing a fight for survival after a horror car crash in Glasgow’s East End.
Jennifer Kennedy, 17, suffered major head injuries after being hit by a car while she was walking home from college and was being treated in intensive care.
Her mum Tracey, said: “Doctors have told us she will have to fight.”
DOCTORS have told the mum of a Glasgow student who was seriously injured in a car smash that she will, ‘have to fight’ to survive.
Jennifer Kennedy, 17, is in intensive care and in a coma after being hit by a car in the East End of Glasgow earlier this week as she was on her way home from college.
Her mum Tracey, 37, and boyfriend of two years Paddy, have been keeping a roundthe-clock vigil at her hospital bedside as doctors wait to see how she responds, and her condition remains critical.
The teenager, who is from Barmulloch, suffered serious head injuries and has been placed in an induced coma. Doctors are waiting to see if the pressure on her brain subsides before she is gradually wakened and will not know the extent of her brain injury until she regains consciousness.
The accident happened on Monday, just after 4.30pm when Jennifer was walking home from Glasgow Kelvin College in Haghill, where she is studying IT and office administration.
Jennifer, who has two younger brothers aged, 3 and 5, was struck as she was crossing Shettleston Road, at its junction with Duke Street, close to the Forge Shopping Centre.
The driver of the vehicle and members of the public stopped to support the teenager, while they waited for an ambulance.
The injured teenager was taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, initially, before being transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Tracey said: “It’s basically a waiting game. She’s in an induced coma in intensive care.
“They are waiting for the pressure to go down.
“It’s life threatening, they have told us that. It’s all about the pressure on Jennifer’s brain and the doctors told us, Jennifer has got to fight as well.
“I’m going to be staying here all weekend. I want to be the first person she sees when she wakes up.
“If the pressure goes over a certain level, the last option is rushing her into surgery. It’s been going up and down.”
Tracey told of the moment police arrived to tell her that her daughter had been seriously injured in a car accident.
She said: “She had come out of college and was near the shopping centre when she was hit.
“Her boyfriend had been on the phone and was talking to her and he heard this funny noise, and he said to me, ‘I think she’s been hit by a car’ and told him not to be silly.
“I was texting her and I went for a bath. I could hear sirens and then the next
‘‘ I want to be the first person she sees when she wakes up
moment the door went and my partner told me the police were at the door and Jennifer had been knocked down.
“They rushed me down to the Royal Infirmary and told me she had suffered a very bad blow to the head.
“They told me her head had basically shook like a bowl of jelly.
“She could have speech problems, or problems with her hands or her legs.
“I’m not allowed to touch her, because it can make the pressure goes up.
“It’s been an absolute shock. All we can do is try to stay positive.”
Police are appealing for witnesses including those with dash cam footage. Anyone with information should contact the Road Policing Department in Glasgow via 101. Quote incident number 2713 as of Monday, December 3 when calling.
Jennifer, right, and the scene of the accident on Shettleston Road
Jennifer pictured with her boyfriend Paddy, and below, the scene of the accident