Road to recovery: 10 days since Kona car crash

David Chen and Theresa Wang
David Chen and Theresa Wang
Theresa Wang
Theresa Wang
Colt Brennan and Shakti Stream
Colt Brennan and Shakti Stream

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - David Chen has been at his wife's bedside since the accident happened.

He says a good way to describe her recovery is "small steps."

It's been a long couple of weeks for Chen and his wife Theresa Wang, who still remains in serious condition.

But just in the past couple of days, there have been small signs of improvement.

"She was able to open her eyes on Thanksgiving day and she still, it could be due to the sedation or it could be due to the neck fracture, but she's still somewhat unresponsive, but they did get her to do a little movement of her fingers and toes," Chen said.

And Chen says doctors are now ready to proceed with neck surgery Tuesday.

"I believe the MRI that they did showed that the brain swelling has gone down now," Chen said.

Meanwhile, this past weekend Colt Brennan left Queen's to continue recovering in California with his family.

He's going to be doing some rehab, neurological rehab type stuff as well as some orthopedic rehab for his clavicle that was operated on last week.

"He's sleeping, not a lot of appetite but might be because of the medication they think but he's able to walk around, he still has to wear the neck brace," Colt's father Terry Brennan said.

The two families, intertwined forever, were just a couple of rooms away from each other while in the Queen's ICU.

"We've had the opportunity to meet with David and Theresa's sister, Wanda, a few times at the hospital and they know that all our energies and prayers are concentrated on Theresa right now and Colt feels the same way," Brennan said.

Brennan says they'll meet with neurology rehab doctors on Wednesday to chart out a game-plan for the weeks and months ahead.

In the meantime, they plan on keeping Wang and her family in their thoughts and prayers.

"It's been very difficult knowing what Theresa's going through, what they're going through as a family," Chen said.

"I really have nothing but compassion and sympathy for the Brennan family, they were also unintended victims in this incident and even meeting Shakti on Thanksgiving Day, it was three families working together, pulling together, trying to make sure everybody comes out of this fine," Chen said.

As for Colt's girlfriend, Shakti Stream, who was the driver in their SUV, she's expected to make a full recovery.

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