Injured Greencastle teen, Megan Misiak, now in rehab center

PAT FRIDGEN
MEGAN MISIAK

Megan Misiak, the 17-year-old Greencastle girl injured in a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 31, was transferred Sept. 14 from York Hospital to a rehabilitation center in Philadelphia. Her parents, Tim and Penny Misiak, are heartened by her optimistic spirit and the support of the community.

"The prayers and support are overwhelming already," said Penny by phone on Tuesday. "It's greatly appreciated and helps all of us through our healing process. And Megan has such a positive attitude. She wants to get back to school."

Megan, a senior at Greencastle-Antrim High School, was driving to the third day of classes in her boyfriend's truck. Her own car needed repairs. According to reports, she was not speeding on I-81 when a tire blew. The vehicle rolled three times and she was thrown out. Her mother said she typically wore a seatbelt, but had not put it on that day.

From conversations with others, the Misiaks understand that an off-duty MedEvac employee stopped immediately after the accident, and called for the transport helicopter. Among the other people who pulled over to help before the Rescue Hose Company arrived were a classmate who was a junior firefighter, an Iraqi veteran, and two nurses.

"Through their hands God performed a miracle," Penny said.

The physicians at York could not explain why Megan did not have brain or internal injuries, to add to the trauma of a severed spine. They told the family God had a hand in it. She has undergone back and neck surgery and is paralyzed from the waist down, but no one has given up hope.

Penny said the rehab could be done in as little as four weeks. Megan is anxious to return to G-AHS. She had originally been on track to graduate in January, but will likely finish classes in the second semester now, her mom added.

A longtime employee at Sunnyway Diner, most recently as a waitress, Megan misses her job. The diner has a donation jar set out for her.

Penny is taking a leave of absence from her job to be with Megan while Tim continues to work.