Coma victim now recovering

April 25, 2002, midnight | By Jessica Stamler Stephen Wertheim | 18 years, 9 months ago

Former Blair student David Willemstijn, who was seriously injured in a Feb 20 car crash, awoke from his coma and has been transferred to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C, friends said.

Willemstijn, who dropped out of Blair prior to this school year, which would have been his senior year, is undergoing "very rigorous" physical, occupational and speech therapy, according to senior Ryan
Keach, a friend who visited Willemstijn last week.

Senior Mehran Mizani, another friend who visited Willemstijn, said Willemstijn is making a "gradual comeback" but does not yet have full mobility. Mizani remains "optimistic" that Willemstijn's condition will improve.

On Mar 18, Willemstijn was discharged from Suburban Hospital, where Willemstijn was treated after the crash, according to Suburban Hospital patient information.

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Jessica Stamler. Co-editor-in-chief Jessica Stamler is a senior in the CAP program at Blair High School. Besides Chips and academia, Jessica enjoys singing, writing, making music, and committing random acts of craziness. Her activities include: youth group, Blair gymnastics team, Students for Global Responsibility, and InTone Nation … More »

Stephen Wertheim. Co-editor-in-chief Stephen Wertheim is deeply committed to reporting, even when it conflicts with such essential life activities as food consumption, sleep and viewership of Seinfeld reruns. In addition to getting carried away with writing and playing violin, Stephen thoroughly enjoys visiting and photographing spots around … More »

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