Former ESU exchange student improving after accident

Published On: Apr 29 2014 11:13:15 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2014 12:00:23 PM CDT

A former chinese foreign exchange student injured while crossing the street in Emporia, is now recovering at home with family.

Yali Huang is out of hospital care and no longer on medications. The 24-year-old was critically injured after being struck by a car Nov. 1, 2012. The walk across the street almost ended her life.

Yali went into cardiac arrest three times and fell into a coma that lasted ten weeks while receiving treatment at Wesley Medical Center in Emporia. She spent four months in the hospital in Wichita, undergoing rehabilitation from a severe brain injury.

Yali left Wichita more than a year ago with her mother and a nurse, taking a flight to Toronto then on to Hong Kong. She's spent the past year recovering from her injuries, and learning daily tasks.

Her family says she now eating normal food three times a day, uses silverware on her own, and can recognize family members.

She remains under the care of a home health nurse.

The family has setup a fund at the Bank of America in Wichita that remains open. The fund will help the family pay for more than $1,000,000 in medical bills. Checks can be made out to Bixiang Huang and mailed to 120 N. Chelmsford Court, Wichita, KS 67230.

Charges were never filed against the driver who hit Yali.