The family of Jessica Armour, the 17-year-old Zephyr High School senior who was seriously injured in a May 21 one-vehicle accident, has been overwhelmed at the Brown County community’s support as Jessica recovers from the accident.
And with Jessica back home and preparing to resume classes after the Thanksgiving holiday, the family continues to express its thanks for rallying around Jessica, whose injuries included a traumatic brain injury.
“I just want to thank the community and family and friends for their support,” Jessica’s mother, Teresa Armour, said by phone. “Our community has been so supportive. I don’t know what we would’ve done without them.”
Jessica’s family brought her home just over two weeks ago from a neurotherapy facility in Tyler.
“She’s doing good,” Armour said. “She still has a long way to go. Physically, she’s almost 100 percent. She’s excited. Very excited.”
Jessica, who is right-handed, still has issues with her left arm, and she has short-term memory issues, Armour said. Her left arm still needs to have its strength built up, and she’ll receive therapy for both issues when she returns to school, Armour said.
Since she’s been home, Jessica, who was a cheerleader, has been going to games and pep rallies, and has been cheering.
Jessica has been a longtime participant in the Brown County Youth Fair, showing animals and homemaking projects. At the 2016 fair, she finished as second runner-up as a candidate for youth fair queen.
Jessica will be showing animals once again at the 2017 fair, Armour said. She’ll show her three pigs, and she’ll get someone to show the two steers she owns for her.
Fundraisers have been held on behalf of Jessica, and the support for the injured then and her family goes beyond Brown County, Armour said.
The support for Jessica and the family as extended beyond Brown County. Even in Tyler, where Jessica was undergoing neurotherapy, and woman saw the family in a store and asked, “aren’t you Jessica?” The family didn’t know the woman and has no idea how the woman knew of Jessica.
Armour still has the shearing memory of seeing her daughter lying injured in a pasture, gasping for air after the rollover accident on County Road 590.
“You have no idea. I look at her today …” Armour said. “She’s her same goofy self. She still makes you laugh.”
Jessica doesn’t understand the fuss over her and has asked “why does everybody care?” Armour said.
Jessica hopes to attend Texas A&M University and become either a nurse or an ag teacher, Armour said.