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She has something to be thankful for

  • Cindy White feeds her granddaughter, Marhea White, lunch in their Petaluma home on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. Cindy White was the victim of a hit-and-run in September as she was walking to catch a bus to work.

Counting their blessings comes easily to Cindy White and her family in Petaluma.

"I'm thankful for being alive and being here with my family and grandchildren," said White, 54, who was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident two months ago.

White, a developmentally disabled woman and an advocate for the disabled, is still in a wheelchair, unable to put any weight on her left foot, which was shattered in the Sept. 20 accident.

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She faces additional surgery on her foot and a prolonged rehabilitation before she can return to work, possibly in the spring, doctors say.

"It's going to be a long process," White said.

She and her husband, Edward, 59, their daughter, also named Cindy White, 37, and her children, Conrad, 5, and Marhea, 13 months, will sit down to a Thanksgiving feast -- turkey and the trimmings -- today at a relative's home.

For Edward White, it's a day more meaningful than usual:

"I'm thankful I've still got my wife after 37 years," he said.

When he reached the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital emergency room that morning, Edward saw his wife with a bloodied face and scalp, her foot badly twisted. He said he started praying for her.

Edward remained at the hospital for two straight days, and when Cindy woke up she told him, "You need a haircut and you look awful."


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