Eric and Promise Costello – the 13-year-old Richmond Hill twins who were hit by a car while crossing Hwy. 144 last week -- were still hospitalized at Memorial on Friday afternoon.
Mike Pierson, the children’s grandfather, said Eric has shown a lot of improvement, but Promise is still not out of the woods.
The accident occurred Feb. 14 when the twins left Mr. Pizza and were headed back to Coastal Community Church with other kids in their youth group. A car struck Promise, who struck her brother. Both were rushed to Memorial.
Promise remains in the intensive care unit. Eric moved into the pediatric special care unit Friday. His mother, Jennifer Costello, said Friday that he may released from Memorial over the weekend.
Pierson said Eric just came out of surgery to repair the femur bone in his right leg, which includes rods and screws on both sides of his leg. Pierson said Eric is wearing an adjustable brace and will soon begin physical therapy. He is expected to fully recover.
As for Promise, Pierson said Thursday that she has a number of injuries. However, doctors are currently focusing on two: the swelling of her brain and fluid in her lungs.
"They can’t even address her other injuries until the swelling on her brain goes down and until her lungs can breathe on their own," Pierson said. "They’re trying to avoid her catching pneumonia, which is the last thing she needs right now."
Jennifer Costello said doctors did another CT scan Friday and, if her neurologist clears her, surgery will take place on one of her legs, where she has a broken femur bone.
Pierson said no prognosis can be made on Promise’s condition right now.
-Read more in Saturday's Bryan County News.