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November 20, 2012

Fundraiser planned for Danvers hit-and-run victim

DANVERS — Friends and family of a Danvers native and nurse are planning a fundraiser next week at the Danversport Yacht Club.

Lindsay Bires is recovering in a Boston rehabilitation hospital from injuries she suffered in an unsolved hit-and-run accident in South Carolina on Sept. 16.

Bires, a 24-year-old 2006 Danvers High School graduate, was on break early that morning when a car jumped a curb as she stood on the sidewalk outside the South Carolina hospital where she worked. The accident left her in critical condition at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, S.C. At the time, Bires, a former nursing student at the University of South Carolina, was working the night shift as a cardiac nurse at nearby Palmetto Health Heart Hospital.

“She is making progress, definitely,” said Carla Powers of Danvers, whose son, Danny Powers, is Bires’ fiance. Carla Powers said her son, a 2005 graduate of Danvers High, is by Bires’ side every day. The two are high school sweethearts.

“She is improving,” said Susan Bires, Lindsay Bires’ mother. Lindsay Bires suffered multiple broken bones and severe brain trauma and is in a “semiconscious state.”

Lindsay Bires was flown to Boston on Oct. 16. She spent two weeks at Massachusetts General Hospital battling an infection before being transferred to the Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care in Cambridge. She was transferred to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston last week. She has mostly been bedridden but lately has been able to sit up in a wheelchair.

“The family is hoping for a real good recovery,” Susan Bires said.

Lindsay Bires has not spoken since the accident.

“Her eyes are following people,” said Susan Bires, who has noticed progress since her daughter has been at Spaulding. Her daughter’s recovery could take one to two years, Susan Bires said.

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