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Crash survivor Mickayla Harig's journey

Ray and Mickayla Harig (Source: Katie Bauer, WAVE 3 News) Ray and Mickayla Harig (Source: Katie Bauer, WAVE 3 News)
Brianna Taylor's car, which police say was hit by suspected drunk driver Michael Hilton on June 22. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Brianna Taylor's car, which police say was hit by suspected drunk driver Michael Hilton on June 22. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Brianna Taylor (Source: Family photo) Brianna Taylor (Source: Family photo)

 

 

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – On June 22 in Hardin County, a crash caused by a suspected drunk driver killed Brianna Taylor and critically injured Mickayla Harig.

The community mourned when just a week later Brianna's brother, Brice Taylor died in a separate accident.

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On Saturday, Aug. 9 Mickayla will be released from Frazier Rehab, but her recovery isn't over.

Six-and-a-half weeks ago time stood still for Ray Harig as he desperately tried to track down his 18-year-old daughter. When her phone was finally answered, it was a sheriff's deputy on the other line.

“I can't even describe it,” he said. “It's the worst feeling a parent could ever have.”

Mickayla would remain in a coma for nearly two weeks. When she finally woke up she had no memory of what happened or the faces that surrounded her.

“She's been fighting this whole time,” said Ray Harig. “She's working real hard.”

Not only did she have to learn to walk again, Mickayla suffered a serious brain injury. Doctors told Ray Harig it's way too early to know an expected outcome or if Mickayla will fully regain her memory.

“We were always positive, the first couple of days were really touch and go, but we have remained positive through this whole thing,” he said. “She's going to do the best she can do.”

She continues daily physical, occupational and speech therapies.

Thursday, Mickayla's sister, Crystal, was there by her side as she practiced getting in and out of bathtub at Frazier Rehab. It's a helpful session for Mickayla as she prepares to come home.

“I'm just excited to see my dogs and be home,” said Mickayla.

Ray Harig, along with his wife Nancy and Mickayla's three sisters have remained close at hand. Mickayla's boyfriend, Patrick has yet to miss a day to be with her after work.

“We were already a close family, but it has pulled our family together very tight,” said Ray Harig.

Even though Ray Harig didn't know the Taylor family before the crash, after all they've been through they continue to reach out and check on Mickayla. Ray Harig started the "Team Harig” Facebook page where thousands follow her recovery and send encouraging words.

“This has really touched our community and it's overwhelming the amount of support that we've seen,” he said. “Remember the Taylor family and keep us all in your prayers.”

The Harig family is forever thankful Mickayla is still with them, even if the journey is hard.

Mickayla will start outpatient therapy three times a week on a Monday. “I feel great,” she said. “I feel happy.”

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