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Janet Barnes improving after serious illness

Friday, May 18, 2012 | 4:28 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Janet Barnes, the world's longest-living quadriplegic who was involved in a car accident April 23, is again making a comeback.

While healing from multiple broken bones and extensive facial damage suffered after being struck by a car, Janet Barnes, 83, contracted an unidentified infection early this week. Family and doctors weren't sure she would be able to recover from the sickness, her daughter, Angela Barnes, said.

But since Tuesday, Janet Barnes has shown signs of improvement. Although she is not back to breathing on her own yet, she was recently removed from blood pressure medications, Angela Barnes said.

Angela Barnes updates a website daily with her mother's latest condition. Visitors to the website are welcome to leave encouraging words for Janet Barnes.

Those who do will be among 240 Columbia residents who have already submitted cards for Janet Barnes since Angela Barnes began a card-collecting campaign through her website and Facebook on April 27. While the event is officially set to end Friday, Angela Barnes said she plans to continue the challenge.

 


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