SXSW crash victim making "excellent" recovery

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by Jade Mingus / KVUE News and Photojournalist JP Harrington

khou.com

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Mason Endres is undergoing hours of physical therapy everyday so she can one day walk again.

When she was hit by an accused drunk driver on March 13 during South by Southwest, she endured a broken leg, severed artery, torn knee ligaments, fractured arm, broken nose and a concussion -- injuries Endres plans to overcome step by step.

"My brain is fine; I have my sense of humor. I may be a little broken, but I’ll get over it. That’s what I try to focus on," said Endres.

After three weeks in the hospital, nine days of physical therapy, two surgeries and another one looming, Endres is too busy getting better to feel sorry for herself.

Her goal is to walk at her June graduation ceremony at Liberty Hill High School. Right now she uses a wheelchair.

"Our therapists are pushing her very hard, and she’s very motivated to get back and walk," said Dr. Robert Lee, the medical director of St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital.

Her parents say her positive attitude is an inspiration.

"I’m in awe of how she’s doing mentally and physically and in her heart," said Dan Endres, Mason's father.

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