High school girl struck by car showing improvements

Morgan Doremus. (Family photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Ellison High School sophomore Morgan Doremus, 15, who was struck by a car on Aug. 24 as she crossed a street next to her school, is still recovering from the incident, but is showing improvements, her mother said Wednesday.

Doremus suffered severe brain trauma in the accident, forcing surgeons to remove a portion of her skull to allow the swelling to go down, and was placed in a medically-induced coma for almost three weeks, according to a GoFundMe page update.

Morgan’s mother, Laura Doremus, said a pediatric neurosurgeon placed a new prosthetic skull flap into Morgan’s skull on November 23rd at McLane Children’s Hospital.

Laura said her daughter was moved to the Dell Children’s Hospital rehabilitation unit on December 7th.

She said Morgan is not showing any signs of infection, and is showing improvements every day.

“She is still unable to move her right side, but has feeling in it,” her mother said. “She’s only able to speak a few words so far, but uses sign language and facial expression quite well in communicating her needs.”

Morgan spends at least three to four hours each day in physical, occupational, speech and music therapy, Laura said.

She has also started school again with a teacher who works at the hospital.

“Her short term memory is showing serious deficit, but hoping as her brain heals that her short term memory will improve also!” Laura said.
Doremus was struck by a Nissan Cube as she returned to the school just before 1 p.m. on Aug. 24.

A medical helicopter was requested and touched down in a field next to the school, and the girl was flown to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

She was talking on her cell phone when she walked into the path of the oncoming car, which was headed south in the outside lane in the 3800 block of Trimmier Road, Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.

The driver of the Nissan was not injured.

The accident is under investigation.