Praying for Rachel

THE people of Antrim are continuing to pray for the 15-year-old girl who has been fighting for her life since a devastating accident in Muckamore.

Rachel White and her five-year-old nephew Noah were struck by a red Suzuki Swift on the Belfast Road on September 3.

The pair were air-lifted to hospital - and from the outset it was clear that the teenager’s injuries were serious.

The younger child broke his collar bone, ankle and foot after he was thrown into a wall - but his aunt took the full force of the smash.

Her condition was critical and her family have kept a constant vigil ever since at her bedside in the Royal Victoria.

Last Monday evening the people of Antrim came together to show the family that they were in their thoughts. Despite the rain, a large crowd converged on Ballycraigy to light candles for Rachel.

It was a moving community response to one family’s plight - a spontaneous show of support for people whose lives had suddenly changed forever.

Mayor Paul Michael, who was raised across the road from the family in Ballycraigy, was there as was former Mayor Sammy Dunlop, who lives nearby.

There was also a collection for the family to help them in their darkest hour - and hundreds of pounds were raised in a matter of minutes.

There was no news, however, on Rachel.

From time to time her family took to social media. Her brother George said she is a ‘fighter’ and urged local people to remember her in their prayers.

And last weekend it seemed that they been answered with confirmation that the youngster had ‘woken up’.

She had opened her eyes, said sources. She was breathing on her own.

The news prompted hundreds of responses on Facebook, but her aunt Wini McCausland - who is a Macmillan nurse - sounded a word of caution.

“We’re very happy she has woken up,” Wini said.

“However, it is important to note that her head took the full force of the impact.

“She has a very long road ahead of her.”

Her brother George has admitted that the pressure has been taking its toll.

“Every day just gets harder but all we can do is keep praying,” he said.

“You can do it sis. We all love you.”

For now, however, it is a waiting game - but the White family can rest assured that they are not alone.

People they may never meet are remembering them in their prayers.

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