When Bre Brunson, a member of the University of Central Arkansas Dance Team, didn’t show up for practice on Sunday night, teammates and coaches knew something was wrong.
After several calls and texts to Brunson’s phone, Coach Morgan Gray called Spirit Coordinator Meagan Dyson.
"They were worried that something was wrong because that was so unlike her," Dyson said.
Dyson and the team later learned Brunson had been in a car crash on Dave Ward Drive in Conway that left her unable to talk or function. Dyson said she was put into a medically-induced coma.
Christopher King of Conway was a passenger in the car when it crashed and was also hospitalized due to his injuries.
Brunson started responding to treatment when she moved her legs on Wednesday, according to an update from Brunson’s father, Dennis Brunson.
According to another update on Thursday from Dennis to Dyson, Bre was starting to show major signs of progression.
"She’s slowly coming around," Dennis said in a text message. "She’s beginning to respond slowly to commands. That is a sign that she hears someone talking. She’s still dealing with some fever."
King was also responding better to commands, but "was not where the doctor would like him to be yet."
"They are making progress," Dennis said. "It’s [going to] be a minute. I thank and praise God for this progress. The Holy Ghost is performing a miracle."
Dyson said team members have been having a hard time dealing with the crash.
"They’re pretty upset," she said. "A bunch have been to see her at the hospital."
The team was due to compete at the NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship next week in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Dyson said they’re struggling with the idea of competing without Brunson, but added they know Brunson would want them to keep going, bringing in a replacement so the routine wouldn’t have to be changed.
She said they are currently looking into uniform rules.
"[We’re] trying to come up with something that we can put on the uniforms when we compete to bring Bre out there with us," Dyson said.
She said she is also in the process of setting up a Go Fund Me page to help with medical expenses for Brunson and her family.
"We want to try and do what we can to help," she said.
Media partner KATV contributed to this article.
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