Woman speaks from Stroger Hospital after skull smashed by falling concrete from Milwaukee Avenue Virgin Future Properties building – What We Know!

CHICAGO (WLS) — This summer season was alleged to be a interval of progress and discovery for 22-year-old soon-to-be-graduating Annie Shea Wheeler.

As a substitute, she’ll spend it re-learning to learn and write again residence in Michigan, which she mentioned shouldn’t be perfect.

“This a part of my life is monumental and I don’t actually know the place to go from right here, actually,” Wheeler mentioned. “It’s actually, actually unhappy.”

Falling concrete from the facade of a vacant constructing at 1227 North Milwaukee Avenue smashed her cranium on April 6 as she was strolling residence. The Columbia School nice arts pupil remembers solely waking up on the street.

“Opening my eyes on the bottom and seeing my roommate, who occurs to be throughout the road and was so amazingly useful,” Wheeler recalled.

Emergency surgical procedure at Stroger Hospital saved her, however the aspiring print-maker endured time on a ventilator and subsequent operations. Along with a cranium fracture, Wheeler suffered a mind bleed and continues to have a spinal fluid leak. The extent of a mind damage, past the concussion she has now, is undetermined. She might be discharged in a number of days.

“Going ahead goes to be very gradual and tedious which is sort of irritating,” Wheeler mentioned. “I’m a really formidable individual.”

The hazard had been flagged by the town after an nameless 311 name in late March. However the proprietor of the constructing, Virgin Future Properties LLC Collection 5, didn’t reply, forcing the town to go to court docket to get work completed. It was too late for Annie, who’s suing the corporate.

“We are able to let you know numerous items of concrete had been falling from the constructing’s second story to the road,” mentioned Lawyer Bruno R. Marasso. “A few of these chunks had been as giant as sofa cushions and definitely giant sufficient to trigger very severe private damage.”

ABC7 was unable to contact Virgin Future Properties for remark. An government at Chicago Scaffolding Inc., additionally named within the lawsuit, mentioned by cellphone they had been conferring with their attorneys, however expressed sympathy for Wheeler. She mentioned she is in fixed ache.

“I’m being compelled to go away my companion. I’m being compelled to go away the most effective residing scenario I’ve ever recognized and a group and a household right here that helps me, particularly as a queer individual,” Wheeler mentioned.

The defective cover has been changed by new scaffolding on Milwaukee Avenue. Wheeler mentioned she is assured she will get well bodily, nevertheless it’s the psychological problem of constructing one’s manner in life after commencement, with no plan or cash, that may linger.

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