But, they didn’t take into account the fighting spirit of the spunky Greencastle-Antrim High School senior, who has battled back against the odds and will return home soon to her family and friends.
Malory’s mother, Tressa Weller, who has been at her side every day since the Aug. 4 accident, called The Herald-Mail with good news.
“Malory is coming home on Tuesday!” Weller choked out over a mixture of happy sobs and laughter.
Malory was involved in a one-vehicle accident on Aug. 4, when her vehicle went off Catholic Church Road in Clear Spring and rolled over several times before coming to rest 20 feet off the roadway. She was trapped in her vehicle for about 11 hours before help came. She was airlifted from the scene to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
“I’m so happy to get her back home,” Weller said.
Weller said doctors at William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center at Kernan Hospital in Baltimore, where Malory has been since Sept. 4, said Malory is doing too well to be at their facility, and it’s time for her to go home and continue with outpatient therapy near her home.
Malory will return for a checkup at R Adams Cowley on Sept. 18 and then have ongoing checkups, Weller said.
Weller said when she told her daughter that she was going home, Malory got tears in her eyes and said, “That’s awesome!”
One of the things she wants to do when she comes home is thank the man who found her — Ed Mills, one of Malory’s father’s co-workers.
Malory doesn’t remember the accident.
“I wish she would never remember,” her mother said, adding that remembering is probably inevitable.
“Her prognosis was grim. They really didn’t give us a whole lot of hope to start with,” Weller said.
As a result of the accident, Malory suffered a frontal brain injury consisting of swelling and bleeding of the brain. She fractured her forehead, cheekbones and both jaws. Her right eye orbit is broken in two places.
Everything is lined up so, at this time, doctors don’t plan to do any surgeries on her face. They plan to let everything heal on its own, Weller said.
Malory also suffered some extensive cuts in her forehead and left arm, which required numerous stitches, Weller said.
“I was scared. I was upset. Everything was going through my mind. I didn’t know what was going to happen to my baby girl,” Weller said, remembering the first day at the shock trauma center.
But, she said that changed when a preacher came to Malory’s bedside and prayed.
“As he was praying, I could feel all the worry, anxiety, fear and everything just leave my body and this peaceful calmness came over me. And the Lord actually spoke to me and said, ‘Your daughter will be fine. She will go home with you.’ From there, I just felt I had to be strong for her,” Weller said.