Megan Lindahl comes home in time for the holidays

By: John Treanor; Lorena Estrada Email
By: John Treanor; Lorena Estrada Email

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Call Baker-Peters and ask to donate to the Megan Lindahl fund.


They are accepting donations through Thurs. at 8pm


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Megan Lindahl Fund

Acct. No. 169533202

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) --- It's been two weeks since a car crash sent Megan Lindahl to a Denver hospital in critical condition. Now, the 24-year-old is home just in time for Christmas.

Megan and her Mom arrived in Knoxville just after 6 p.m. Wednesday on an air ambulance. Upon arrival, Megan was transported to Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center.

Megan's mom Mary Lindahl told Local 8 News that she's doing really, really well and that her progress has amazed doctors.

"She's nothing short of a miracle and she's here because of the grace of God," she said.

Megan's sister Krisen said that Megan's memory is getting much better as well. She reportedly remembers being in a car accident, hitting her head, and even that her birthday is coming up. She will turn 25 on December 29.

"We want to get her back to Knoxville because that's where her friends are," her brother John told us. "When I first got there she had a tube in, she was in a hospital bed. She responded but it was just movement. Now to hear she's actually talking, it's amazing."

Megan couldn't walk or talk after the December 11th crash. Since then, she's taken her first steps and started to speak. Family tell us she's still disoriented.

According to a family friend, an anonymous donor stepped up and advanced enough money to bring Kristen home. The family though still needs to raise enough money to pay off the advance.

They've already raised nearly half of the $20,000 needed for the trip. On top of that, they are hoping to raise enough money to help pay for some of the additional doctors' bills, which aren't covered by insurance; as well as her rehabilitation, which could take years.

They are accepting donations at Baker Peters Jazz Club on Kingston Pike, or you can call Seth Price at 865-387-2121.

On Wednesday night, JLuke performed a benefit show for Megan at the Tin Roof Rocky Hill from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. The band accepted donations.

Megan's mother said she's thankful for everyone who has reached out to Megan and her family.

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  • by Belinda on Dec 22, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    Megan- We all love you and your family. I know you can overcome this. You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.
  • by Lauren Location: Maryville, TN on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    Megan and Family, Almost two years ago, my then 18-year-old sister had a life-threatening brain injury. We didn't expect her to survive the first night. She is now a beautiful college sophomore at UT, where she is making all A's and B's. I know this journey will seem impossible at times, but we serve an awesome God, and have faith that Megan will fully recover! Patricia Neil, UT Hospital, and St. Mary's Hospital saved Ashley's life, and in turn, our family. Our constant thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. My sister is proof miracles happen, and you will be in great hands with Patricia Neil. Wishing you a blessed Christmas, hopefully home in Knoxville.
  • by Megan Location: Knoxville on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    Megan, you are in our thoughts and prayers! You are a strong woman and we know you will get through this and it will make you even stronger. We love you! If anyone would like to donate, please do so. Megan deserves to be with her family for the Holidays!


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