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Lake in the Hills pond crash victim regains consciousness

34-year-old woman from Honduras did not suffer brain damage, family says

Roxana Romero's family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her medical expenses.
Roxana Romero's family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her medical expenses.

Roxana Romero regained consciousness on the Fourth of July, according to her family.

“God made a miracle on that,” said her brother-in-law, Johnny Maradiaga.

The 34-year-old Honduras transplant landed unconscious at Centegra Hospital – Huntley on June 19 after a car she was in crashed and sank into a Lake in the Hills residential pond.

She did not suffer brain damage, and doctors expect her to make a full recovery, Maradiaga said.

Doctors sedated Romero and connected her to a breathing machine. They operated on her throat to allow her to breath on her own; the accident had collapsed her lungs, Maradiaga said.

Romero is undergoing therapy to help her get out of bed and moving.

“Every day they make her move her legs,” Maradiaga said.

About 6 p.m. June 19, a call to police sent emergency crews to the 3900 block of Willow View Drive – a gated community called The Villas.

When fire crews arrived, they found a Lake in the Hills police officer performing CPR on Roxana Romero, authorities said.

Minutes earlier, a bystander had pulled the woman ashore. Roxana Romero’s 19-year-old sister also was in the car, Maradiaga said.

Police continue to investigate, but they said the women had been traveling south on Willow View Drive when their 2003 Lexus sedan left the road and entered a nearby pond.

The car was submerged about 12 feet below the water’s surface. 

Both women were taken to Centegra Hospital – Huntley. Roxana Romero was unconscious when she left the scene.

Romero’s family launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her medical expenses. The campaign is asking for $100,000. As of Friday night, the page had raised more than $6,300.

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