COMA GIRL JEN­NIFER ‘IN THE FIGHT OF HER LIFE’

Doc­tors’ ver­dict on teenager hurt in East End car crash

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY CAR­O­LINE WIL­SON

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

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