Mueller plans to return home soon after surgery to save arm - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Mueller plans to return home soon after surgery to save arm

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ST. LOUIS -- Vickie Mueller, the Johnston City teen severely injured in a car wreck early Sunday morning, is just days away from going home.

Doctors in St. Louis moved her out of Intensive Care Friday, one day after surgery to save her left arm, which was crushed as her car rolled over several times.

Cindy Edwards, Mueller's mother, said she still has 18 months of rehab ahead, but the arm should be fine.

She said the procedure doctors performed is becoming more and more common with a high rate of success.

"They cut open her abdomen and they essentially pulled that out, harvested some muscle out of her abdomen, and then sewed the arm to the abdomen in order for that tissue to regenerate and grow," Edwards said.

Mueller plans to go back to St. Louis for another surgery next month, where doctors will pull nerves from her leg to finish reconstructing her arm. She's still doing school work in her hospital bed, and Edwards said her daughter is still on track to graduate from Johnston City High School in the spring. She's also on track to finish her work on an associate's degree through John A. Logan College that she started prior to the wreck.

Meanwhile, Johnston City held its homecoming parade Friday with several tributes to Mueller. Students voted her Homecoming Queen earlier this week.

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