Lauren Molitor Goes Home From Hospital
WAUWATOSA - The young woman seriously injured after being crushed between a semi and an SUV left the hospital Friday.
Friends and family are calling it a miracle.
Friday, there were tears of joy for Lauren Molitor, who is back home for the first time in awhile.
It was 41 days ago that Molitor was transported to Froedtert Hospital.
Some didn't even think she would survive, but Friday, she walked out of the hospital, proving them all wrong.
To Molitor’s family, she is a walking miracle.
Friday was a day of celebration, but more than a month ago, it was day of heartache.
On September 6, Molitor, a University of Wisconsin Milwaukee student, was washing cars for a sorority fundraiser in Franklin. That's when a semi-truck accidentally pinned Lauren up against an SUV, causing severe damage to her chest and lungs.
Doctors claimed she had a 50-50 chance of surviving.
"I don't have very much endurance, as you can tell. It's going to be a long couple of months,” Lauren said Friday.
With her family by her side, Lauren spoke for the first time since that day about the many hard days since.
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"It's exciting. I just started walking couple weeks ago and every day I try to go farther and farther and my muscles get stronger and stronger. It's exciting,” Lauren said.
For now, she has a machine that helps her speak and breathe, as her lungs continue to heal.
What a story says her family who believe it continues because of the work of her doctors and nurses.
“When Lauren first arrived, it was touch and go, and we don't know how to thank them,” Lauren’s dad Randee Molitor said Friday. “We couldn't be more blessed to have her coming home with us.”