Conesus, N.Y. – Construction began at the Jessica Henry’s Grandparent’s house in Conesus, Saturday, two months after the November 27th accident that injured seven teens in East Bloomfield.
Three of those injured were Jessica’s sisters.
Two were seriously injured, including Jessica, who is still at Strong Memorial Hospital, and her twin Joelle.
All four sisters were ejected from a truck that flipped at least three times on Pond Road in East Bloomfield.
“It's just amazing to come from where we were on the night of the accident until now,” said the girls’ father Jay Henry, “to be able to know that they're okay. I mean that's just fantastic.”
Jay and his wife, Heather, told us Meagan and Morgan are back at school. Joelle was released from the hospital on January 4th and is home recovering from a list of serious injuries, including a broken pelvis, neck, burns and a severe cut on her head.
Jessica could have been released a couple weeks ago as well, but is paralyzed from the waist down and her parents’ home cannot accommodate a wheelchair.
“She's getting great physical therapy while she's there and benefiting from it,” said Heather. “But ultimately, she should be home.”
That's why construction started Saturday at Jessica’s grandparents' home.
“It's just the first step in the process to get her home,” said Jay, “getting her to Grandma and Grandpa's house, which will be great for her to at least be out of the hospital. Then we'll continue on to the next step and try to get everybody back together is what we really want to do.”
To do that, the Henry family will have to move.
“We're hoping to do a benefit in the next month or so to raise money to buy a home and make it work for her,” said Heather, “and get her back in our arms.”
And get everybody, a family of nine, back under one roof.
Construction could be done at Jessica's Grandparents' house this week, so she can be released from the hospital. The twins still have a long recovery, but they both are keeping up with school and plan to graduate with their Bloomfield High School classmates this spring.
Bloomfield High School is collecting donations for the family.