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Olivia Neal recovers after car accident

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Math teacher Rhonda Hudson poses with junior Olivia Neal at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Neal underwent extensive surgery for multiple broken bones.

Math teacher Rhonda Hudson poses with junior Olivia Neal at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Neal underwent extensive surgery for multiple broken bones.

contributed by Rhonda Hudson

contributed by Rhonda Hudson

Math teacher Rhonda Hudson poses with junior Olivia Neal at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Neal underwent extensive surgery for multiple broken bones.

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Tragedy often strikes at unexpected times, and junior Olivia Neal’s car wreck was no exception. Since a truck crashed into her side of a vehicle on the first day of winter break, her birthday, Neal has been working to recover.

“We never thought it would happen, and were distraught,” stepbrother and junior Chandler Whitson said. “It was a real bonding moment, you never think it’s going to happen until it does.”

Breaking both of her femurs, her tibula, fibula and several other bones, Neal had to undergo extensive surgeries. To make matters worse, her concussion necessitated mental recuperation on top of the physical.

“She still can’t walk and has a concussion, but she’s excited to be home,” Whitson said.

Regardless of the challenge, Neal has made extensive progress. Physical therapy is tough, but the effects are noticeable.

“As of right now, she’s doing really well,” math teacher Rhonda Hudson said. “When I went to see her, she looked great–I would have never guessed that she’d been in a wreck.”

Academically, Neal is moving towards a point where she can begin school work again. For the time being, she’ll make use of a homeschool teacher that will bring her assignments and help her with the material, but teachers are optimistic about having her back in the classroom.

“She might be returning by the end of February; since she’s gotten home, she’s been much more positive,” Hudson said.

Upon Neal’s arrival back at Northwest, Hudson urges others to interact with her just like they would otherwise.

“What’s going to be important once she comes back is that we don’t treat her any differently,” Hudson said.

Until that time, there are multiple options available to those seeking to assist Neal. Several classrooms including Hudson’s have been taking up gift cards and money for the Neals to purchase food and gas; flowers and cards are also appreciated. To donate to the Neal family GoFundMe, click here.

“Her family doesn’t want us to forget her–they don’t need to worry about that,” Hudson said.

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