Siblings Reunited for the First Time After Horrific Crash That Killed Their Parents & Baby Sister

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It's been nearly a month since the horrific car crash that claimed the lives of Jim and Karisa Clemens and their 2-month-old baby girl, Juliana. The Texas parents were driving on a highway in San Angelo on April 7 with all five of their children when another driver lost control of her vehicle, crossed the median, and hit the family's car head-on. The parents and newborn were killed on impact, and their four other children all sustained injuries. Now, weeks later, the surviving kids have finally recovered enough to be able to see one another in the hospital, and the emotional photos of their reunion are going viral. 

  • Eight-year-old Angela Clemens and her 6-year-old brother, Zachary, both sustained life-threatening injuries during the crash.

    According to BuzzFeed, Angela suffered severe head injuries that left her in and out of consciousness and unable to speak for the past several weeks. She also broke both of her femurs and is still struggling with memory issues. Zachary suffered a broken back and a torn colon. On Tuesday, April 24, the two siblings were allowed to see each other for the first time since the crash, and this photo from their reunion was shared on a fund-raising Facebook page for the family, where it received more than 1,000 likes and 230 shares.

    Teresa Burrell, the kids' great-aunt who runs the Facebook page, wrote, "Yesterday, we asked for you all to send a special prayer for Zachary. We have seen so many miracles with him. Yesterday, he was able to leave his bed and get into the wheelchair for the first time. He and Angie were able to see each other for the first time. Angie has had a lot of brain injuries, but yesterday she was able to read and sing with us."

    Burell told BuzzFeed the photo was taken by a physical therapist. "I think that's what you're seeing in the picture, it's the grieving that Zachary and Angela are going through," she said.

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  • The pair were also reunited with their younger brother Wyatt, who is recovering from his own catastrophic injuries.

    Wyatt, who is only 4 years old, was paralyzed on his right side during the accident and suffered major brain injuries that led to multiple strokes. Miraculously, Burrell wrote on Facebook that Wyatt is regaining function of the right side of his body and is even starting to be able to walk again.

    The siblings' youngest brother, 2-year-old Nicholas, was treated and released into his aunt's care just a few days after the accident.

  • So far, Burrell and her family have raised more than $148,000 for funeral expenses and the kids' medical costs.

    Even though the kids have made amazing strides in their recoveries, Burrell wrote on Facebook that they will need extensive medical care for many months to come. As BuzzFeed reports, all three children will need to learn how to walk again and Angela continues to have problems with memory and cognition. Heartbreakingly, Burrell said Angela had to be reminded at one point that her parents had died.

  • The San Angelo community has rallied around the family and is working to raise money and do whatever they can to help out. 

    BuzzFeed reports that once Wyatt, Zachary, and Angela leave the hospital, the kids will be raised by their grandmother. Until then, they have a long road to recovery, but Burrell said the outpouring of love from friends, family, and strangers alike have made a tremendous difference in all of their lives. "I think we all feel strengthened when we feel of others support and love," she wrote in an update on Facebook. "Thank you all for strengthening me and our family."