A few entries from "Sheng Hahn's Journal" on the website caringbridge.org, as posted by Sheng's husband Casey Hahn:
Sept. 16, 2012
This is my first journal entry -- I'll write what I can recall from the last week and try to catch everyone up.
Obviously Sheng was involved in a very tragic accident. We are very lucky that she is still with us today and that is the most important thing. The medical procedures she has gone through have been all successful thus far. Her brain trauma was very significant and her deficiencies are still undetermined. Her left side is weak but not officially paralysis at this point. She can respond to simple commands like nodding of the head and putting fingers up. The brain development is the biggest concern. She is not fully aware of everything around her but has her eyes open and moves her right side.
Her family has been cleared through the immigration process and are currently in Walnut Creek, CA living with me (husband) about 2 miles from the hospital. It offers great hope to have the in laws here and loving Sheng and I want to thank Lt. Edwards with the Walnut Creek PD for making this possible. Other city workers and Congressman George Miller were also a great resource in getting the parents here in a remarkable time of less than a week.
Today is Tuesday. It's been too long since my last update which was last Thursday but in this case no news is good news.
Allison (my sister) flew up this weekend to be with Sheng and I. We really are thankful for such a loving sister -- thank you for being here! We even got to go to San Francisco with the Grandma and Dad and show them fisherman's wharf and chinatown on Sunday.
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Sheng is now awake like we all know and love her. She knows the date, where she is, that she was in an accident, and remembers all her friends and family. She has been sawing logs (sleeping) for about 15- 20 hours a day and the other times talking with family and doing therapy workouts. Today two physical therapists took Sheng to the rehabilitation center for an hour workout. She wore my green basketball shorts that would fit comfortably around her leg brace as well as her favorite hello kitty sweater.
When I told her all the people that have been giving messages she said, "Thank you!" to each and every person. You could tell she felt loved and couldn't stop smiling when I read the cards, comments, and notes we have received.
Good news: Sheng has been moved out of the hospital care unit and into an acute rehabilitation center located at John Muir Hospital. To summarize she was in the neural intensive care for 2 weeks and then the progressive care for another 2 weeks and now acute rehab. She was placed in a brand new rehabilitation unit- bigger rooms, a high tech gym, and a special needs dining room. Sheng has an individual treatment program that is much more rigorous physically compared to her stay in the care units. Her day consists of 3-4 sessions of 45 min physical therapy as well as several occupational therapy sessions and speech therapy.
At the time of the accident a lady named Julie was bar tending at the Marriott. She was an angel throughout the horrific event. She was with Sheng until the ambulance came and helped Jeff and I too. This was a moving experience for her and she has organized a fundraising event for Sheng at the bar she works at in Concord. The event is this Sunday, October 14th from 7-11pm. There will a band, free massage, and food. I will come too and hope to see anyone who wants to come- its 15 dollars for entry.