The two teenage girls who were injured
last month in a train accident near the Maine-New Hampshire border
say they remain upbeat about the future and confident that their
close friendship will pull them through.
Fourteen-year-old Rachel Brown and 13-year-old Destiny Phaneuf
appeared this afternoon at a news conference at Maine Medical
Center in Portland. From their wheelchairs, they said they’re not
going to let what happened to them cast a shadow over their lives.
Brown lost the toes of her right foot and Phaneuf lost part of
her left leg below the knee when they were struck by a train May
28. The two, who describe themselves as inseparable friends, live
in Lebanon and are eighth-graders at Noble Middle School.
Brown was discharged from the hospital Friday and Phaneuf is
looking forward to returning home a week later. They said they’re
looking ahead to adapting to prosthetics and undergoing long
periods of physical therapy.