Woman paralyzed in tragic crash details slow recovery

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A woman from Williamsville was driving to pick up her friend from the airport, when her life was changed in an instant.

Today, Sjunseeargn Foxx is able to do some physical therapy with her mom at home. It’s a major step for the 38-year-old.

Seven months ago, she couldn’t move anything from the neck down after a major accident.

“Most people don’t survive that,” she said.

In April, Foxx was in Atlanta, going to pick up a friend, when a car hit her from behind going full speed.  It pinned her vehicle in between a concrete barrier.

“I just remember feeling trapped in my own body,” Foxx said.

The force of the accident caused part of her head to separate from her neck. The single mother of two was paralyzed and couldn’t speak.

At the hospital, she was listed as Jane Doe because police didn’t give them her information. The doctors had to hold up numbers and by blinking she was able to give them a number to call.

Before the accident, Foxx was very active. She took her kids everywhere and worked as the Director of Employment and Training at the Community Action Organization in Buffalo.

After the crash, Foxx made up her mind, she wasn’t going to let her injuries hold her back. “Even with something as earth shattering as this, you can still make it. You can still have a normal life, it’s just a new normal.”

Through physical, occupational and speech therapy, Foxx has regained function in her arms. It has allowed her to do something she loves… hug her children.

Now that she can write, speak, and feed herself, her next goal is relearning how to drive a car, but this time with hand controls.

Her faith has taught her to never give up.

“You can persevere through life’s trials. You can make it through the challenges that are thrown your way. You can do it and come out on top,” Foxx said.

News 4 asked Foxx if the driver who caused the accident was charged. Foxx said she doesn’t know, because her focus is on healing. She also wants to focus her time on just saying thank you to everyone who’s helped her.

On Saturday, November 7, a benefit is being held on her behalf. It will take place from 7-10pm at 100 James E. Casey Drive in Buffalo. Here’s more information: Benefit for Sjunseeargn Foxx.

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