Published April 21, 2006
CHICAGO — Seven months after she was critically injured in a train derailment on Metra’s Rock Island District Line, Renea Poppel returned home for the first time Thursday, officials said.
Poppel, who was three months’ pregnant at the time of the accident and gave birth to a baby girl in January, was discharged from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman.
“It’s been a long road for them but she’s finally on her way home,” said Bill Gibbs, an attorney for Corboy & Demetrio, which is representing Poppel in a suit against Metra.
Poppel was riding a northbound train to work Sept. 17 when it derailed near 47th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway. The accident left Poppel, 25, battling for her life at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in a drug-induced coma. She suffered a broken neck, pelvis, arm and a traumatic brain injury and doctors thought chances were slim her unborn baby would survive.
But Renea Poppel gave birth to Faith Victoria Poppel in January.