After Crash Abroad, a Student Strives to Recover
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Meg Theriault survived a horrific minivan crash in New Zealand in May that killed three of her classmates on a study-abroad trip. The Boston University student shared with AP her struggles and triumphs in the quest for recovery. (March 11)

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DURATION: 2:25-----------------------------------------SHOTLIST:AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYSalisbury, Massachusetts - February 28, 20131. Wide shot of Meg Theriault sitting at the table with her parents and brother at the family home in SalisburyHandout photo- AP CLIENTS ONLYUndated2. File photo of Meg before crash3. File photo of Meg before crashAP - AP CLIENTS ONLY/NO ACCESS NEW ZEALANDNear Turangi, New Zealand - May 12, 20124. Close of up bookbags on ground5. Medium shot of minivan overturned6. Wide shot of scene of accident7. Pan from debris on road to overturned vehicleAP - AP CLIENTS ONLYBoston - February 19, 20138.SOUNDBITE Meg Theriault/Injured in crash (Transcript Below) ++soundbite partially covered by handout photo from Boston University of 3 students killed in crash++AP - AP CLIENTS ONLY/NO ACCESS NEW ZEALANDNear Turangi, New Zealand - May 12, 20129. Wide shot of scene of deadly accidentAP - AP CLIENTS ONLYSalisbury, Massachusetts - February 28, 201310. SOUNDBITE: Deb Theriault/Mother of Meg Theriault (transcript below)AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYBoston - September 4, 201211.Close up of a nurse removing a hockey helmet that Meg Theriault was forced to wear after doctors removed part of her skull to allow her brain to swell after the traumatic accident in New ZealandAP - AP CLIENTS ONLYSalisbury, Massachusetts - February 28, 201312. SOUNDBITE: Todd Theriault/Father of Meg Theriault (transcript below)AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYBoston - September 4, 201213. Wide shot of Meg surrounded by her parents after operation at Massachusetts General Hospital14. SOUNDBITE: Meg Theriault/Injured in crash (transcript below)15. Wide shot of doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital wheel Meg to the operating room16. SOUNDBITE: Dr. William Curry Jr./Massachusetts General Hospital (transcript below)AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYBoston - January 16, 201317. Medium shot of Meg arriving at Boston University to audit her first class after surgery18. Medium shot of Meg taking notes in class19. SOUNDBITE: Meg Theriault/Injured in crash (transcript below)20. Medium shot of Meg taking notes in classAP - AP CLIENTS ONLYBoston - February 19, 201321. SOUNDBITE: Meg Theriault/Injured in crash (transcript below)22. Wide shot of Meg at her apartment on campus after she was allowed to live on her own for the first time after the crash and surgery23. Medium shot of Meg talking in her studio apartmentVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:A BOSTON UNIVERSITY STUDENT IS ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY... FOLLOWING A HORRIFIC CRASH ABROAD.AFTER STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA FOR A SEMSTER, MEG THERIAULT HEADED TO NEW ZEALAND.LAST MAY, SHE WAS AMONG 16 B-U STUDENTS PLANNING TO HIKE A FAMOUS VOLCANIC CRATER.THE COEDS WERE IN TWO MINIVANS -- THE VAN MEG WAS RIDING IN WRECKED.THE DRIVER SAID THE VEHICLE BEGAN SHAKING AND HE COULDN'T CONTROL IT.POLICE SAID HE TRIED TO CORRECT COURSE BEFORE THE VAN ROLLED SEVERAL TIMES.SOUNDBITE: Meg Theriault/Injured in crash"There were 4 of us who weren't wearing our seat belts so some of us got ejected from the van. And 3 kids passed away. And I just happened to live."MEG WAS AIRLIFTED FROM THE SCENE TO THE HOSPITAL WHERE SURGEONS REMOVED PART OF HER SKULL.IT WAS DONE TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE FROM HER SWELLING BRAIN.SOUNDBITE: Deb Theriault/Meg's Mother"But somehow you just knew she was going to make it."MEG RETURNED TO MASSACHUSETTS TO CONTINUE HER RECOVERY.HER DAD SAID THERE WAS A LOT OF SOUL SEARCHING AFTER THE CRASH.SOUNDBITE: Todd Theriault/Meg's Father "You do a little bit of the why me? why us? But you cant. you just have to move forward."ALTHOUGH SHE WAS BACK HOME, MEG'S LIFE CHANGED DRASTICALLY AFTER THE CRASH.SOUNDBITE: Meg Theriault/Injured in crash"I'm not independent. You lose your independence because everybody is like you have to have a baby sitter essentially."IN SEPTEMBER, SURGEONS AT MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL ATTACHED A PROSTHETIC TO COVER PART OF HER SKULL THAT WAS TAKEN OUT AFTER THE CRASH.SOUNDBITE: Dr. William Curry Jr./Massachusetts General Hospital "Her brain was pretty extensively damaged. But the frontal lobes were probably the most - both of them actually. And that's one of the reasons why at time she has poor memory and agitation as she was recovering."NEARLY SIX MONTHS AFTER THE CRASH, MEG RETURNED TO B-U.SHE LATER AUDITED AN ACCOUNTING CLASS -- IT WAS A TEST TO SEE IF SHE COULD HANDLE THE COURSE.SOUNDBITE: Meg Theriault/Injured in crash"It feels really good that it's progressed to the point at least where i'm back in a classroom because it does feel more normal so the closer I get feeling like I was before the better I'll be."MEG BELIEVES RETURNING TO SCHOOL IS THERAPEUTIC... AND GETS HER BACK TO WHERE HER PEERS ARE.SOUNDBITE: Meg Theriault/Injured in crash"everything is almost back to normal."AND SHE RECENTLY TOOK ANOTHER STEP TOWARD REBUILDING HER LIFE: MEG NOW LIVES ALONE IN A STUDIO APARTMENT IN BOSTON.NYIA HAWKINS, ASSOCIATED PRESS----------------------------------