A Courtenay woman badly injured when her own vehicle crushed her at a fast-food drive-through earlier this month will make a full recovery, says her husband.
The community in Courtenay is also rallying around Lee-Ann Sami, a 33-year-old mother of three, with two fundraisers planned in the coming days.
As recently as last week, Sami was in an induced coma and doctors were unsure of her prognosis.
But her husband Lawrence says his wife, who is being treated at Victoria General Hospital, recently woke up
"To see her sitting at the edge of her bed and look up to see myself and her best friend, which is her lifelong friend and sister 25 years, she had a huge smile on her face and we knew she was back," said Lawrence.
"She is coherent. She is speaking to us, joking around, has a sense of humour, which is totally like her. As far as where she's at in her recovery, we're unaware at the moment. But she will make a full recovery. The time period we don't know."
Lee-Anns accident at the McDonald's drive-through on Nov. 11 in Courtenay left her with serious head and chest injuries. She was pinned between her vehicle and the wall at the pay window when she attempted to pick up change she dropped. Her foot slipped off the brake and her van jolted forward before rear-ending another vehicle.
"She doesn't remember what happened," said Lawrence, who commended the Courtenay Fire Department and ambulance crews for their quick response and for saving Lee-Ann. At one point, she had stopped breathing and had no pulse.
Lee-Ann is now expected to be out of the ICU this week.
Friends, family and former co-workers have rallied to help Lee-Ann by collecting donations and are organizing fundraising events.
The Whistle Stop Pub in Courtenay is having a benefit concert and silent auction on Friday and Saturday. Another family event is being organized for Dec. 16.
"I'd like to give my gratitude and appreciation from me and the family and Lee-Ann to the amount of people helping out, giving donations and fundraisers," said Lawrence.
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