Stratford High track star recovering after crash

Brittany Jefferson, a track star at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, has been removed from intensive care after a crash in rural Berkeley County last month. The crash happened only a week after she won the state championship in the 100-meter hurdles competition.

From The Post and Courier:

(Jefferson) spent three weeks in intensive care at Medical University Hospital following a two-car crash in rural Berkeley County. Doctors had to remove her spleen and she suffered a collapsed lung, fractured pelvis and various other injuries. She also developed pneumonia as she lay in an induced coma.

On Sunday she was moved from the intensive care unit, and on Wednesday the oxygen tube that helped her breathe was no longer needed. On Thursday doctors removed the tube used for her tracheotomy.

"She's really doing well," said Melanie Jefferson, Brittany's mother. "She came out of the ICU after 21 days. Just being out of ICU is a great step. Her mind is good, and her spirits are high."

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