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Mom, daughter hurt in crash to leave hospital today
Single mom faces many hurdles
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Donations to meet medical bills may be made through the GoFundMe/Perez Medical Fund or the First Baptist Church of Gainesville Pastor’s Discretionary Fund/Elizabeth Alvarez-Perez, 751 Green St. NW Gainesville, 30501

A woman on the brink of death two weeks ago will be discharged from Northeast Medical Center in Gainesville today much to the delight of family and friends.

The prognosis for 44-year-old Elizabeth Alvarez-Perez was grim following a car crash the night of Dec. 6 allegedly caused by a man under the influence of drugs. For days she remained unconscious and was kept alive on a ventilator.

Not only was the single mom severely injured in the crash, but so were her two youngest children, 16-year-old Stephanie and 14-year-old Matthew, who also were hospitalized in critical condition. Her eldest son, 19-year-old Jesus Perez, died from his injuries.

The brother of the injured woman, Frank Alvarez, said his sister Elizabeth and niece Stephanie will be leaving the hospital together today to be reunited with Matthew who was previously released.

“The family wants to thank everybody for their prayers and support,” Alvarez said Friday.

Jonathan Derek Flanagan, the 22-year-old driver allegedly under the influence who authorities say caused the crash, remains in custody at the Hall County Jail. Flanagan is awaiting a bond hearing on the most serious charges against him, including vehicular homicide and three counts of causing serious injury.

As spokesman for the family, Alvarez recently said they hold no ill will toward Flanagan

The most trying moment for the family came when Alvarez-Perez was informed for the first time that her eldest son did not survive the crash.

Frank Alvarez said he was accompanied by a deacon from his church and a psychiatrist counseling the family when his sister was told her son’s fate.

“She cried, but she took it real well,” Alvarez said. “We’re people of faith. She knows our kids are borrowed from God until he takes them back.”

Alvarez said that because of his sister’s limited mobility, and the many physical hurdles still ahead for her, the family plans to just have quiet time together in the coming days.