Wolf family shares road to recovery after injuries in Valentine's Day crash
Nearly two months after the deadly Valentine's Day accident in Sioux Falls, the Wolf family shares details of the accident and their road to recovery.
Stephen and Ameina Wolf were waiting at a stoplight at Minnesota and 41st Street with their six-year-old, toddler and infant son in the car when Troy Hohn, 32, crashed into their vehicle at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
"I wasn't aware initially, I apparently blacked out and woke up on top of my oldest daughter Anaya….then I heard Anaya crying and then I started hearing Samara and Silas, the youngest one crying and started wondering where my husband was because I couldn't hear him," said Ameina Wolf.
In the midst of the chaos, Ameina and Anaya were in and out of consciousness.
"Me and my mom were in the same ambulance and we didn't know where our dad was, but...dad was bleeding around his head so he had bandages around his head," said seven-year-old Anaya.
"My husband had a big gash in his head, he had 11 staples put in and then he has about five broken ribs," said Ameina.
The youngest two children were safely secured in their car seats, only suffering minor bumps and bruises. But at the time, six-year-old Anaya had some bigger issues.
"They knew that there was bleeding in my brain so I had to stay for two days for it to heal up," said Anaya.
"A couple weeks later they noticed that there were lumps in her face and she had two pieces of glass in her face, so she had plastic surgery to get them out," said Ameina.
But Mom had the longest road to recovery in the family.
"I was in the hospital a day short of three weeks," said Ameina.
She has rods and pins supporting her shattered spine and shoulder along with extensive nerve damage throughout her body.
"The hardest thing for me is that when I hear my kids crying, I can't pick them up on my own…and as a mom you always just want to comfort your kids and be there for them….but my husband has been great," said Ameina.
"It's a lot of work, for sure, as any parent would know. I'm definitely enjoying the time with my kids, but at times it can be stressful, but we're making it through it…this accident has just kind of woken us up as far as giving us a real appreciation for our kids and each other and our family and everything," said Stephen Wolf.