Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity

Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope

Book - 2008
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Meet Laura Van Ryn and Whitney Cerak: one buried under the wrong name, one in a coma and being cared for by the wrong family. This shocking case of mistaken identity stunned the country and made national news. Would it destroy a family? Shatter their faith? Push two families into bitterness, resentment, and guilt? Two traumatized families describe their ordeal and explore the bond sustaining and uniting them as they deal with their bizarre reversal of life lost and life found. And Whitney Cerak, the sole surviving student, comes to terms with her new identity, forever altered, yet on the brink of new beginnings. This book weaves a complex tale of honesty, vulnerability, loss, hope, faith, and love in the face of one of the strangest twists of circumstances imaginable.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Howard Books,, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781416567356
Branch Call Number: 362.197481 MI
Characteristics: ix, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Van Ryn, Don


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Sep 06, 2019

This is such a tragic story and one that should have been avoidable but for some poor assumptions and poor choices by a number of persons involved. Two daughters with similar features from two different families are involved in a tragic truck - van crash that takes the lives of five persons. A surviving young women is mistakenly taken under the care of the wrong family after being informed that their daughter had survived. This occurs while another family deals with the loss of what they though was their daughter. The wrong family arranged a celebration of life for what they thought was their daughter, purchased a plot and put to rest the other families daughter.

What became a happy ending after five weeks of hell for one family, became a nightmare for the other family. The clues to have avoided this unthinkable nightmare were right in front of those involved.

Only families of great strength, courage, and faith could endure such heartache and suffering and forgive those who erred in identifying the survivor of the accident. As a person of faith, this story leaves one with many questions as to how this type of occurrence could happen. Recommended reading by: Senior Doctor-at-Bass fishing. D. A.

MadameCurie1 Feb 29, 2016

What a powerful book. I couldn't imagine going through this as a parent.

Nov 18, 2011

I liked this book. I was in a really bad car accident a couple of years ago. I was injured very badly, not as bad as Whitney's, but I found in a couple of ways I could relate to Whitney's story. It was a good read.

JRountree Oct 20, 2011

This is one powerful story. Very wonderfully and beautifully written. Couldn't put this book down. I have read it dozens of times and no matter how many times I read it, it still has that "new" power that draws me in time after time.

The religion part of both families is what helped me become a Christian. A must read. I highly recommend it!

beckz Sep 07, 2011

Could not put this book down! WHOA! Cannot imagine being either family and having to endure what they did!

A lot of religion in this book - which was not appealing to me personally - but the story out weighs it. The story had to be told!

MargaretMajewski Aug 29, 2011

This is an outstanding story


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