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July 28th, 2011
The Nation Turns Out to Help a Texas Family

A family tragedy has prompted Houston residents to open up their hearts to help three children orphaned in a West Texas car accident.

The children's parents, Joshua and Robin Berry, were killed when an SUV veered into their lane and crashed head-on into their van, the Huffington Post confirmed with family friend Allen Deutsch.

Nine-year-old Peter Berry, and 8-year-old Aaron Berry were airlifted from Covenant Health System's Women's and Children's Hospital in Lubbock to Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital last Wednesday night after sustaining serious spinal cord injuries. They are both paralyzed below the waist.

Six-year-old Willa was less seriously injured and is recovering at a family friend's home.
The children will live with their aunt and uncle, who will need to completely renovate their house, according to Deutsch. The family is looking to buy a new place, but in the short-term, they'll need to make accommodations in relation to stairs and doorways for the kids.

The boys will likely never walk again, Deutsch says.

"We're not giving up hope. Maybe with advances and medical breakthroughs, they may make some recovery. But as we speak right now, it doesn't look like it."

The Berry boys were treated at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and are now undergoing rehab at Shriners Hospital in Chicago.

They'll likely stay in Chicago for six to eight weeks before returning to Texas.





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