Thursday, May 10, 2007

Please pray for Sarah

One of my students, Sarah, was in a horrible car accident last Saturday (May 5, 2007). It wasn't certain that she would live; the good news is that now it looks like she'll make it through. Below is the newspaper article about the accident and an email update from the University. Sarah is a bright, creative, eager student and a kind, outgoing young woman. I'm holding out for a miracle. Also, please pray for the family of the other driver in the accident who died at the scene of the accident.

From: Celeste Branham
Subject: Update on Sarah Mueller's Condition
Date: May 9, 2007 12:35:53 PM CDT

Dear Members of the UMF Community,

I spoke with Sarah Mueller’s mother moments ago and wanted to share with you news of Sarah’s current medical status. Sarah remains in critical condition on a respirator, but the doctors say her prognosis is good; they expect to remove the respirator sometime later this week. She has undergone several surgeries to repair broken bones in her feet and legs, and though she suffered chest trauma, her lung functions are good. She continues to be sedated, and an assessment of her head injuries will be made when the sedation is eliminated. From my conversation with Sarah’s mother, I was able to glean reason for optimism, and wanted you to know of her progress.

As ever,


Ms. F. Celeste Branham
V.P. for Student and Community Services
University of Maine at Farmington


Mercer car crash leaves 1 woman dead
Staff Writer
Monday, May 07, 2007

MERCER -- A woman is dead and a teenage girl critically injured following a head-on crash on U.S. Route 2 Saturday evening.

Cynthia Gee, 55, of Skowhegan, was pronounced dead at the scene, said State Police Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance.

The other driver, Sarah Mueller, 17, of Anson, a student at the University of Maine at Farmington, had to be extricated from her vehicle and was airlifted to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with life-threatening injuries, Perkins-Vance said. Mueller was listed in critical condition at the hospital Sunday evening.

The accident occurred around 10 p.m. Saturday when one of the vehicles crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision, Perkins-Vance said.

It has yet to be determined which vehicle crossed the center line or why, though neither speed nor alcohol appear to be a factor, Perkins-Vance said.

Gee was not wearing a seatbelt, Perkins-Vance said.

Both Gee's 1998 Toyota Corolla four-door and Mueller's 1992 Ford Escort four-door were totaled in the crash, Perkins-Vance said.

Craig Crosby -- 861-9253
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