Homecoming for Big Island woman involved in head-on crash

Published: Jul. 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 31, 2011 at 2:57 AM HST
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Theresa Wang
Theresa Wang
David Chen
David Chen

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Big Island doctor injured in a collision with Colt Brennan and his girlfriend returned home after several months on the mainland. Theresa Wang arrive in Kona on Saturday. She came out in a wheelchair instead of walking with a cane since she was tired after the flight from California. She shared a tearful reunion with family and friends waiting with signs and lei at the airport.

"It feels so good to smell the plumeria, to feel the breeze. We didn't get a window seat which is fine because I think if I saw the ocean I would just be crying so much," said Wang.

"Knowing that I was able to bring Theresa home today after 8.5 months away is a huge relief for us," said Theresa's husband, David Chen.

Chen had been taking time off from work to fly back and forth to see his wife.

"Two months at Queen's Medical Center, three months at Craig Hospital in Denver, and four months at Center for Neural Skills in Bakersfield, California. It's just been a whirlwind," described Chen.

"David has been amazing. He is an amazing caregiver, amazing husband and friend of the community," said family member Darrin Gee.

Their world was turned upside down in an instant last November. An SUV driven by Brennan's girlfriend, Shakti Stream, crossed the center line and slammed into Wang's sedan. She suffered a serious head injury and several broken bones. The couple's faith helped to sustain them, and they're looking forward to being back at Waikoloa Community Church on Sunday.

"Just trying to keep her well being in our thoughts and just think about all the hard work she's had to do to come so far," said church member Mandy McClain.

Wang will continue her therapy sessions on the Big Island. She is also looking forward to having some fun, including catching up with her hula sisters and eating a spam musubi.

"One of these days I'm going to get back into the ocean, probably snorkeling. I miss the little fishes," said Wang.

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