(05/06/2005)
Although the condition of Barnes Run resident Melva Stroup was reported as critical, by a spokesperson at Charleston General Hospital late Wednesday, her son, Chuck has informed the Herald that Melva is improving dramatically.

She is now out of ICU and in a trauma step-down unit. She has been walking and asking for personal items and clothing as well as her Bible and Sunday School literature.

The family is grateful for the prayers offered near and far for her recovery.

Stroup suffered trauma in a car accident in Jackson County last Saturday, including a severe laceration to the neck.

Family members reported a car went left of center to avoid rear-ending another vehicle and crashed into the Stroup vehicle, which was reportedly driven by Chuck Stroup, her son.

The Stroup vehicle, after impact, reportedly went over an embankment and landed against a fence. Chuck Stroup suffered injuries, but is reportedly not in serious condition.

Stroup underwent emergency surgery Saturday night.

An Annamoriah woman is still in serious condition, according to a hospital spokesperson late Wednesday night. Her condition has remained "serious" since a car accident on the Creston Flats on April 23rd.

Sources said Melissa "Missy" Whipkey, in her early 20s, underwent lung surgery yesterday at Charleston General Hospital.

She has reportedly remained on a ventilator since the accident, suffering from multiple injuries and fractures.

Whipkey was traveling west on Rt. 5 when her vehicle went out of control, skidding down the highway, crossing a ditch and traveling through a meadow. It then crashed into a tree.


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