The Clemens family of seven were involved in a head-on crash.
Parents, Jim and Karisa and the couple’s two-month-old daughter Juliana, were killed. Their other children, Angela, Zachery, Wyatt, and Nicholas survived, but were critically injured.
The three eldest children were transported to a hospital where they would begin their long road to recovery.
Angela, 8, suffered severe head trauma, which left her in a coma for a week. She also broke her legs.
Zachary, 5, broke his back and suffered many internal injuries.
Wyatt, 4, suffered several strokes and initially was left partially paralyzed on his left side.
Their youngest living sibling, Nicholas, 2, was treated at the hospital for his injuries and released a few days later into the care of an aunt.
Each child experienced high and low points throughout their recovery.
When Angela finally woke up, the first person she asked for was her brother.
“So we knew she had remembrance of her family. It’s really hard with brain damage to know where you’re headed. But we are very hopeful from where we were a couple of weeks ago.”
One moment in particular that brought hope to everyone was when the three siblings saw each other for the first time since the fatal crash.
“It was what they really needed. They just are grieving and were comforting each other.”
During Zachary’s recovery, he began to show signs of depression. In order to help lift his spirits they threw an ice cream party. In attendance was his big sister Angela and his little brother Wyatt.
“They sang silly songs and it was like night and day. He just improved. All three of them being together just lifted his spirits. He just cheered up.”
As days turned into weeks, the siblings continued to improve.
“So many good people, from all different kinds of faiths, have united their prayers on behalf of these children, and we’ve felt it. We felt it as a family and we’ve definitely seen it in these children. We’ve just seen it. It’s just been a miracle and it’s been amazing.”
Since the photos of the siblings reuniting went viral, the children have continued to regain their strength.
The family is unsure how Angela’s brain damage will impact her.
“We were visiting, I want to say a month and a half or so ago … they were running around but trying not to run around,” an aunt told PEOPLE. “There was just lots of laughter and lots of happiness. There’s also sad moments of course, they miss their parents, they’re gonna need to have counseling — but their future looks bright, they’re doing as well as can be as expected.”
While the Clemens siblings are not fully healed, they have made incredible strides, surprising their family and doctors.
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