Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Identity Mix-up Gone Horribly Wrong For Two Families

Okay, I read this story today and it left me shivering. This has got to be one of the most unfortunate situations that I have ever heard. Here's a portion of the article by Ashley Herer:

INDIANAPOLIS - A couple sat by their daughter's hospital bedside for weeks after an auto accident until she came out of a coma and they realized she was not their daughter after all, but another blond-haired young woman injured in the wreck. Their own daughter, it turned out, was dead and buried.

In a tragic mix-up, one family had been incorrectly told their daughter had died in the April 26 crash in Indiana, and another was erroneously informed their daughter was in a coma.
The two young women — both students at Indiana's Taylor University — looked remarkably alike, and the one in a coma suffered facial swelling, broken bones and cuts and bruises, and was in a neck brace.

Here's a photo of both girls:

Cerak and VanRyn look so much alike that they could easily have passed for sisters. I'll be keeping both of these families in my prayers for a long time. They have gone through something so horrible that I can't even imagine how it must feel. You can read this article in full here.


Jane said...

I read about this awful for the dead girl's family but what a miracle for the family of the girl who survived. It's a bit eerie how much they looked alike though.

nubian said...

i don't think they look that much alike.

angryleft said...

I hope the families don't mind having this kind of publicity. Because something in me suggests the media vultures wouldn't care even if they did.