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Cayla Wilson: Life after the crash

Posted: Updated: May 10, 2012 10:04 AM

After two years in a rehab center, crash victim Cayla Wilson finally returned home last Monday.

Jack Whiteaker was high on meth when he crashed his car into Wilson, who was pregnant at the time. Her daughter was delivered three months early and Wilson was left severely brain damaged.

Whiteaker is serving 11 years in prison.

Cayla Wilson returned to her Gresham home to be reunited with her parents, Bill and Denise Wilson, and daughter, Jaikyla Wilson, who is now almost 2 years old.

"It's like the heart is warm again and my blood's flowing again. It was just so held back the last two years… Just not knowing where my child's at, who's caring for her or what they're doing with her," Bill Wilson said. "We feel whole now. We feel like we can be a family again."

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Doctors gave Cayla Wilson a 1 percent chance of survival after Whiteaker crashed his car into her in 2010. Bill and Denise Wilson expect her to keep improving now that she is home. Every improvement is thrilling.

"The first time she smiled after she came home I couldn't believe it, I had to run and get Bill," Denise Wilson said. "Oh my gosh, she smiled."

In addition to feeding and bathing Wilson, her parents also deliver her the 24 medications she takes and move her every two hours.

Although her parents are excited about Cayla Wilson's homecoming, her mom said she wishes Cayla and Jaikyla could interact more.

"The hardest part is, she wants her mom to respond to her more. And Cayla though, she'll watch her," Denise Wilson said. "She'll just watch her the whole time."

Over the next couple weeks, Cayla Wilson's family is expecting to get some in-home nursing care to help them out, as Bill Wilson plans to return to work.

The family said they are happy Cayla Wilson is finally back where they know she belongs.

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