The three children who survived a car crash into a St. Louis Park pond last month continue to improve, and one is up and walking, a family spokesman said.
MPR News reports lawyer Rick Petry said 5-year-old Amani Coleman-Guerrido, 5, was playful when he visited the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. "I was so delighted to be able to have a conversation with him and play with him, and him play with his toys and know that he's out of the intensive care unit and just in a pediatric unit," Petry told MPR. "He is doing very well."
Amani has started physical therapy, Petry said, the Star Tribune reported.
Aliyana Rennie, 1, and Zarihana Rennie, 6, also are showing signs of improvement, Petry told MPR, noting that doctors plan to ease sedation of Aliyana and that she could wake Wednesday.
Meanwhile, funeral services are planned for two other children who were in the car. Services for Zen'Avia Rennie are scheduled for Saturday and a private funeral is set for Alarious Coleman-Guerrido on Sunday, Petry said.
A fund established through the Give Forward website to help the family pay medical and funeral costs for the children has raised about $20,000, Petry said.
A Caring Bridge webpage includes a Nov. 30 post by a woman identified as a relative: "All kids are progressing nicely. Lots of improvements the past two days. All three are still in ICU. We are slowly working on getting them all to the same level. All of the doctors and nurses are taking very good care of each kid. I just want to thank them for all they do for them. As for the other two kids plans are still under way. Making the whole sutuation bitter sweet. I just want to thank everyone for the prayers and well wishes. Thank you! And please keep them coming."
The car slid off a highway ramp crashed into the retention pond Nov. 21. The driver Marion Guerrido is the mother of three children, including Aliyana, whose father was Guerrido's boyfriend Julius Rennie. The other two children were Rennie's.
Guerrido escaped, but the five children were trapped underwater in the car, and they were unresponsive when rescued. Guerrido’s 7-year-old son, Alarious Coleman-Guerrido, and Julius Rennie’s 5-year-old daughter, Zen’Avia Rennie, both drowned.
The final report will be sent to the county attorney who would consider charges, State Patrol officials said Tuesday.