Friday December 14, 2012

DOVER -- A local woman who was injured in London has been making a solid recovery.

"It's looking real positive," her father, Rich Werner, town police investigator as well as fire chief in Dover, told the Reformer on Thursday.

Amy Werner is 23 years old and is a resident of Dover. She had been in an accident in London that left her sedated in an induced coma. She had suffered a brain injury and a fractured leg and pelvis when she was hit by a car.

"She got hit hard," said Rich.

When the Reformer asked Amy how the past few days have been, she replied, "Good."

Amy had been studying in London. She was going for her master's degree in marketing and event planning.

Amy Werner and her friend Whitney Peters. (Submitted photo)
Amy Werner and her friend Whitney Peters. (Submitted photo)

Since Thursday, Rich has been with Amy and his wife, Regina, at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Boston, which is right on the Charles River, when he talked to the Reformer.

He said that Amy will need surgery. She had her injuries treated except for a traumatic brain injury. The fractures and broken bones had been set in London.

Rich was told that Amy would be in Spaulding for at least a month. She will go through three hours a day of intensive rehabilitation.

After some further evaluations, Rich expects to hear on Monday what kind of schedule he should make so that he can come visit Amy and go back to work in Dover.

Friends are excited that they will be able to see Amy in Boston.

"I'm going next Wednesday to visit her," said Whitney Peters, a friend of Amy's from Marlboro who met her through mutual friends in high school. "They're just opening up hours to come visit. She's going through a rigorous rehabilitation process so they said don't be offended if she's sleeping. I'm still so excited to go see her."

Friends and family had gathered at an auction benefit for Amy on Nov. 18 at the 1846 Tavern at the West Dover Inn. The event went towards helping with hospital visits and other bills that may come about from the injuries.

"We are so happy she's doing so well. We can't wait to have our Amy back. It's awesome that she is in the states," said Erin Robinson, one of Amy's friends from Newfane.

Facebook has helped Amy's friends get updates. Regina posts at least once or twice a day. Her friends have told her that it's been a good way to let everyone know how she is doing.

"One day we didn't do a morning post and we got a bunch of calls and e-mails saying, ‘What happened? Why didn't you do an update?'"

Rich had mentioned that this keeps people from being misinformed.

"On behalf of me and my family," said Rich. "Everyone's been so supportive and fantastic. I can't tell you how much it means to us. All the thoughts and prayers and concerns have helped us. It's been huge."

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.