Craig girl recovers from accident

Tatum Hart ready for rehabilitation after prolonged coma

Tatum Hart has left the hospital and is on her way to a rehabilitation center. Almost a month after suffering severe head injuries during a car accident, Hart is progressing and able to perform everyday activities.

Hart, 19, is a 1998 graduate of Moffat County High School.

According to her mom, Phyllis Hart, Tatum is able to walk, eat and talk.

Phyllis said Tatum has walked the halls of St. Mary's Corwin Medical Center so much she "thinks they are boring."

She has normal reflexes and responses and is able to get dressed and tie her shoes on her own.

Although not able to fully comprehend all that is around her, her memory is coming back and she is beginning to remember names. Today she will be admitted into Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., which specializes in rehabilitation after brain and spinal cord injuries.

"We are really excited about starting professional rehab," Phyllis said. "We are thrilled with her progress."

Doctors at St. Mary's believe Tatum will be able to live a normal life, but the extent of her injuries may not be known for at least a year.

The Hart family is grateful for all the support it has received.

"Words can't express how all the contributions have helped us," Phyllis said. "We would especially like to the thank the John Campbell and family, Trapper Mine, Moffat County Transportation, City Market and all of our close friends who have helped us through this."

Tatum was injured Sept. 14 after she lost control of her Ford Probe while traveling southbound on Interstate 25 near Pueblo, Colo., drove through the median and rolled over the northbound lanes, ending upside down in the northbound ditch. According to the Colorado State Patrol, her vehicle rolled 1 1/2 times.

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