Friday, June 02, 2006

Laura VanRyn

From USA Today:
Family members of Taylor University student Laura VanRyn used a blog to keep friends updated on her recovery from a car accident April 26 - until Wednesday, when they announced the woman they had been caring for actually was Whitney Cerak, another Taylor student. Whitney was mistakenly declared dead in the accident; the real victim was Laura.

Can you imagine caring for a car accident victim for 5 weeks thinking she was your daughter, your sister, your friend? And then you learn that in fact, your loved one is dead?

Can you imagine mourning the loss of your daughter, sister, or friend in a car accident and then 5 weeks later learn that in fact, your loved one survived the accident?

Can you imagine being the coroner who pronounced the wrong woman dead?

This is a tragic story, and this is a snippet of what I read on the blog that chronicles Laura VanRyn's recovery. The blog is kept by Lisa VanRyn, Laura's sister, and Wednesday it was learned that Laura was actually the one who perished in the accident. In fact, Lisa, Laura's sister was posting about Whitney's recovery. Obviously a surprise to all involved and for some it marked a new tragedy, for others elation. Here is what Lisa posted about the news:
What may come to us as a shock, does not shock the One who made us.

There are some other amazing things to read at that the blog Laura VanRyn and I urge you to check it out.

Laura VanRyn, at

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