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Good news for Brennan, Wang

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor

The Brennan, Stream and Wang families had a little more than usual to be thankful for this holiday weekend.

The three victims of the Nov. 19 vehicle collision on Queen Kaahumanu Highway seem to be making progress in their recoveries.

Colt Brennan, former UH quarterback, was released Saturday from The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, while his girlfriend, Shakti Stream, was at the hospital Friday and visited with the third victim, Theresa Wang, and her husband, David Chen.

Chen said Wang’s doctors were pleased with her progress, even saying it was “pretty damn good.”

Chen has been providing email updates on his wife’s condition as she struggles with many fractured bones and swelling to her brain. In addition, Wang also still is recovering from a brain aneurysm she suffered nearly two years ago.

“The main reason for the exclamation was because Theresa opened her eyes during a neurological evaluation and according to the resident who performed it, Theresa even flexed the fingers on her right hand,” Chen reported.

His wife, however, is not yet ready for surgery to repair injuries to her neck, although doctors are continuing to monitor her closely, Chen said.

Chen said he and his wife’s sister – a critical care nurse from Canada – appreciate the support they have been receiving, including a visit from Stream and her mother.

“I’ve said this before and it bears repeating. The prayers, love and healing energy from our family and friends and their families and friends all over the world is what makes the difference in Theresa’s recovery,” he said. “We look forward and continue to pray for Theresa, Colt and Shakti’s recoveries.”

Chen also said a big thank you for the get-well-soon cards and e-mails that have arrived in Theresa’s ICU room – Queen Emma Tower, Unit 4C.

The preferable way to send a greeting is by this link: www.queensmedicalcenter.net/in…

Cards may also be sent to:
The Queen’s Medical Center
QET – Unit 4C – Theresa Wang
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Colt Brennan

Upon his release, Brennan issued the following written statement:

“It is with heavy heart that I am able to leave the hospital today, as my prayers and thoughts remain with Theresa Wang and her family. I am so grateful for all of the support I received over the past week. I am also relieved that Shakti is close to a full recovery. I ask that the same support I received be directed to Ms. Wang as she recovers from this unfortunate accident.

“I thank God to be alive today, and am thankful to everyone who played a role in providing medical attention to each of us. The EMTs, everyone at Kona Community Hospital and Queens Medical Center, were simply amazing. They saved my life. I am thankful to my family and friends that stood by my side and prayed for my recovery. I am thankful to everyone who was concerned for me, especially the people of Hawaii and the UH Football community. Your spirit is my strength.

“I will return with my parents to Orange County to continue treatment for my injuries. I am determined to make a complete recovery, and my desire to continue playing football burns stronger than ever.”

Police reported the head-on collision occurred about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19 when an SUV, driven by Brennan’s girlfriend, Shakti Stream, crossed the center line, colliding into another vehicle, driven by Theresa Wang.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Brennan, Stream, and Wang were taken to Big Island hospitals, although Wang and Brennan were transported later that day to The Queen’s Medical Center.

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