LUBBOCK, TX -- Sierra Harris' mother, Cheri Lujan, said her daughter is improving since being injured in a wreck a week and a half ago.
According to Lubbock Police, Guadalupe Miguel Alejandro sped through a stop sign and hit Harris' car February 1st, around 3 p.m. Harris went to University Medical Center with critical injuries. Alejandro was arrested for intoxication assault, and later bonded out of jail.
Lujan said her daughter is improving, though she knows her daughter has a long road ahead of her. UMC officials said Harris was upgraded to serious condition.
"She's making improvements everyday. Today was a very good day. They expect, you know, ups and downs, so from day to day, we're just hoping for improvement," Lujan said.
"She's alive and breathing on her own, so the rest of the hurdles, we're gonna take. And she's gonna do great. She's strong," Lujan said.
Lujan was joined Tuesday by Harris' boyfriend, Zach Gauldin and his mother. "She's got a neck brace on, and nothing matters, she's trying to get out, she's moving her legs over the side, she's just trying to get out of the bed. She just keeps on fighting," Gauldin said of Harris' spirit.
For Lujan, she is just anxious for when her daughter is able to come home. Since the accident, Lujan said there has been an outpouring of support for Harris from all over. Some customers of Harris' at Caprock Cafe on 34th set up a blood donation through United Blood Bank. Anyone can donate, regardless of blood type, and they prefer people to make an appointment and say it is for Harris though a credit for patients.
"There's so many people I want to thank, and I wish I knew names," Lujan said. "I've met people that I don't remember meeting, Caprock, they've been awesome, everyone one of them. They've come up there to see her, and Caprock's been treating us very well while we've been here. Her fellow classmates, her chancellor, her dean, they've all, they're all worried sick about her. The people at UMC, they've saved her life, and they've been so good to everyone of us, all 30, 40 of us have been in and out of that room."
There has also been a Facebook page created so people can keep in touch with Harris' recovery. Lujan did not create the page, though she said the amount of people who have written on it and liked it has touched her.
Harris is in her first year at Texas Tech. Lujan said the University has been very kind to the family, with support from the dean and chancellor.
The family has been told Harris' place is on hold, and when she is ready to come back to school, her spot is there for her. "They took care of tuition issues, and things like that, you know, to make sure we didn't have to worry about things, and whenever she's ready, everything is on hold, and whenever she's ready to come back," Lujan said.
Lujan said her daughter is a fighter, and describes her as a happy girl. They are ready to see her smile again.
A benefit account for Sierra's medical expenses has been set up at Wells Fargo. Anyone wishing to help out can look for it under account number 5644320516 or by asking under Sierra's name.
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