Family, state representative work to preserve memory, legacy of 21-year-old deceased quadriplegic

Family, state representative work to preserve memory, legacy of 21-year-old deceased quadriplegic

VICTORIA, Texas – It’s been over a month since 21-year-old Emmy Saenz died unexpectedly from blood clotting complications after being on blood thinners, which her doctors took her off of, about a month before she passed away.

On the first day of October last year, Saenz was on her way to work as a subcontractor at Formosa, a local plastics plant, when she became part of a multiple-vehicle wreck that rendered all four of her ligaments to become paralyzed due to damage done to her spinal cord. 

After multiple procedures and time spent in physical therapy, Saenz was able to recover some mobility in her hands and arms. 

On April 30th, Saenz’s 21st birthday, she passed away surrounded by family.

“It’s been very difficult, it’s an unexpected loss,” said Rosemary Bazan, Saenz’s mother.

The family established a scholarship in Saenz’s name for future Austwell-Tivoli graduates and is in the process of creating an Emmy Saenz foundation to help quadriplegics on their road to recovery and acceptance.

“It was never an easy chapter in her life dealing with her injury but she faced it, she accepted her position, her condition,” Bazan said.

State Representative Geanie Morrison, R-District 30, issued a proclamation to recognize Saenz’s inspiring zeal for life in spite of her injuries. 

A few days after Saenz’s passing,  Morrison sent a letter to the US Department of Transportation showing her full support of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Calhoun Navigation District Improvements application for federal funding to make the road, where Saenz experienced her wreck, safer. 

“This road had been a problem for a while, there’s so much expansion going on in the area, there’s so much traffic,” Morrison said.

“She’s still to this day has a lot of friends and family that still work out at Formosa and of course she would want them to be safe,” Bazan said. 

Go here to learn more about Saenz’s journey.