GREENCASTLE, Pa. —A Franklin County, Pa., teenager who was seriously injured in an early August accident returned home Tuesday as expected, her father confirmed.
Malory Weller, 17, left William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center at Kernan Hospital in Baltimore Tuesday afternoon, according to Steve Weller of Little Cove, Pa.
Weller said Malory was in “very good spirits” and “was very glad to be heading home.”
Police reported that 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.
Malory is a senior at Greencastle-Antrim High School.
Steve Weller said the experience has been draining on the family and Malory.
“It was very traumatic, especially the first part as we were waiting to see how things were going to work out,” Steve Weller said.
Weller said his daughter, who lives in the Greencastle area with her mother, Tressa Weller, will next have rehabilitation and possibly some speech therapy.
“She was on my mind while I was working. She was in my prayers,” Weller said. “Even when I wasn’t there, my mind was down there with her.”
Steve Weller said his daughter’s spirit was a big factor in her recovery.
“She’s a fighter,” he said. “She’s where she is right now because she didn’t give up.”
Two funds at local banks have been established to help her family cover medical expenses incurred during her stay in several hospitals.
At M&T Bank branches, the account is under Steve Weller’s name and is called Malory Weller’s Medical Fund.
At Susquehanna Bank branches, anyone can donate to the Malory Morgan Marie Weller medical fund.
For updates on Malory, check out the Prayer for Malory Weller page on Facebook.
— Bill Kohler