On the 25th of December, the Mun-Gavin family were rocked to the core when an accident left their daughter in a coma… this is their incredible story!


Durban, South Africa – Jaci and Richard Mun-Gavin faced a hard time over December. Their strength and community helped them work through a tough time. Their daughter Kiara was in the passenger seat when a motorbike crashed into the car. It hit Kiara’s side of the car and left her severely injured. She was placed into a coma to help protect her brain from the extensive damage.

Jaci took to Facebook to share the shocking news on Christmas day and only asked that her friends and family pray for Kiara. The post went viral, and thousands of people started sending in their good wishes and prayers.

By Boxing Day, the doctors called the family to go say goodbye to her, saying “there is now the highest probability of the very worst outcome”. Despite the prognosis, she woke up on the 1st of January.

She had injured her brain, and with this, doctors weren’t sure how she would be once she started recovering. Thankfully, she quickly showed signs that she was her old self.

Her fighting spirit proved to be strong, and the aspiring ballerina started the long road to recovery. Since we shared her story in January, Kiara has made leaps and bounds in progress and has even begun dancing once again.

On the 5th of March, she went for a check-up with her neurosurgeon and all is looking very well. Her father, Richard Mun-Gavin shared the update with his Facebook followers saying,

“Her skull area has settled down nicely and is looking good. Her shape is great, not quite symmetrical, but hey, gives her a story to tell.

The suture wounds (stitches) are looking good and hair is starting to grow in areas it hadn’t yet (although still some bare patches to pray for).

The secondary wound on the back of her head has progressed positively and looks like the skin graft is off the table. The wound is starting to look like it has healthy flesh coming through.

Kiara’s abdomen wound is moving along nicely, although the cavity where the skull bone was under the skin is a little hard which indicates scar tissue. We are praying that healthy tissue would grow there so there are no complications in mobility for dancing and for her future in pregnancy.

And today we are at 21 days and any infection should be visible by now but there is none.

All in all, a great report. So much to thank God for!”

They are still praying that her recovery continues forward and hope that others will join them. Kiara is making significant progress in such a short space of time, but she still has far to go. The family have adopted a new motto “Keep Hope Alive”.

You can keep up-to-date with her progress via Jaci’s Facebook page here.

Sources: Facebook
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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