Sunday, November 21, 2010

KHON2: Husband of Woman Injured in Crash Involving Colt Brennan Speaks to KHON2

Reported by: Marisa Yamane
Last Update: 11/21 11:22 pm

The Waikoloa woman who was driving the car that was hit head-on by the SUV Colt Brennan was riding in, remains in serious condition at the Queen's Medical Center.

She's identified as 47-year old Theresa Wang, a Big Island doctor.

Theresa Wang and her husband of 16 years David Chen moved to the Big Island in 2006.

Friday morning, Wang was driving on Queen Kaahumanu Highway, on her way to Kona to meet a friend, when an S-U-V heading in the opposite direction crossed the center line and slammed into Wang's car.

"She has multiple broken bones from her legs to her arms to her neck and her hip and so far the surgeons have only repaired the broken bones in her legs, her condition not stable enough for them to continue further surgery," said Chen.

Wang was born in Taiwan, immigrated with her family to Calgary, Canada when she was young, got her Medical Degree, and practiced as a family physician in Alberta where she met Chen, and together they moved to Wisconsin, then eventually to Hawaii.

In April 2008, Wang was hired by the West Hawaii Community Health Center, fulfilling her dream to work in a public health clinic.

Eight months later, on Christmas Day 2008, the doctor became a patient.

Wang had an aneurysm, but Chen said she was making amazing progress and was in the end stages of her recovery. In fact, Wang was scheduled to return to work in January.

"She's been sedated ever since her arrival at Queen's and the first surgery and she is not really aware of her surroundings now," said Chen.

Chen, who works for the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel as the Director of Finance, has been by his wife's side at the Queen's Medical Center.

The couple does not have any children. Chen said, "Its difficult being here theres every hour so or a new situation crops up that requires immediate intervention and so its really just very unpredictable and stress filled." He added, "All of our friends are praying not just for Theresa but for everyone involved in the accident."

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