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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 18, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Childrens letters to Santa Page E1 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO Sunday Dec 18 1994 Only months after an accident left her near death Judey Budenz is still A miracle in pr tit ByJOEFOLLICK Tribune staff writer Angie Budenz was having problems with her pregnan cy She responded with prayers to St Jude A few months later in 1976 Judey Budenz was bom named after the saint of impossible hopeless and desperate predicaments Almost 18 years later Judey Budenz s had a desperate predicament of her own An accident July 7 at the intersection of Defenbaugh Street and Berkley Road between her car and a truck car rying a full load of gravel left her in a coma One person in the medical field gave her a two percent chance of sur vival Related story Darci Bevingtons slow recovery continues Page A8 Quick treatment on the scene and at Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center before she was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis pushed Judey away from the brink of dying But there was more than medical technolo gy at work in her revival As monitors on the hospital room wall tracked her vital signs a defiant handmade poster went up near Judeys bed stating that her recovery would be a Miracle in Divine intervention The Kokomo High School seniors face and name are seemingly on every page of the yearbook Varsity cheer leader Spanish club Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society She is a DARE role model a Girls State delegate and a former mem ber of the high school track diving and basketball teams Unmentioned in the yearbook will be Budenzs most amazing achieve ment Her sixmonth odyssey from the brink of death to hard months of phys ical and mental rehabilitation to a return to college preparatory classes and cheerleading in her senior year at KHS conjures up divine terms from all involved with her Dr Paul Roberts of Kokomo Rehabil itation Center has seen hundreds of patients in therapy after serious injuries She is clearly an exception to the he says The only thing that can explain her rapid recovery is divine Photos of Judey after the accident barely resemble a person Her skin Judey Buderizs rehabilitation includes strength training with Bob Cameron at Kokomo High School Tribune photo by Anne Farrar bilitation Center the jfa j1 one floor away from Judey in Methodist Hospital He lowing the accident Double pneumo nia necessitated the use of a special oscillating bed She developed an eye infection Bones in her left ear were crushed Glass still lies in her body From Saint Josephs to Methodist to Lifeline Childrens Rehabilitation Hos pital in Indianapolis to Kokomo Reha Budenz family has been grateful for the excel lent care Judey received Words arent available to thank everybody Angie says Both of Judeys parents Angie and Mike moved into Methodist with their daughter They talked to her constantly though she could not respond A flood of cards and prayers from across the nation buoyed the fami lys spirits Friends from Kokomo sent hot meals to the exhausted parents Angie says that Methodist had to consider hiring another phone operator to handle incoming calls about Judey The effect of the support cannot be measured There is no way I could thank everybody Angie says oint faced on Judeys body and doctors performed brain surgery other forces were at work I prayed 24 hours a Angie says I told God that I know she is his first but could he please let me have her a Judeys car following the July 7 accident A healing turning poi While casts were place while longer What Angle considers the turning point came in a mysterious way A noted healer Father Peter Mary Rookey was in Indianapolis for a heal ing Mass Angie Budenz fervently tried to get him to visit her still comatose daughter But the rendezvous could not hap pen Father Rookey had a prior com mitment and a tight schedule Turns out that prior commitment was only made the visit He came to the room and passed his hands over Angie remembers People in the waiting room said they could feel something going on That gave us all Other incidents along Judeys road to recovery defy logic Angie Budenz saw death visit other chil dren at Methodist On one occasion she stood next to the bed of a little boy dying of smoke inhalation I held his hand and said Adam when you stand before God remem Tribune file photo ber Judey to Min utes after his death Judey opened her eyes for the first time since the accident A few days later a visitor made the sign of the cross on Judeys forehead with a Qrip moistened with holy water Though she was still in a coma tears immediately began to run from Judeys eyes On July 21 Judev came out of her coma But this good news brought different problems Please see page Volunteer firefighters advance on a wall of flames at Harper Implement Building downtown Swayzee AP photo Fire damages warehouse Area departments respond to blaze By Kokomo Tribune staff and The Associated Press SWAYZEE Ind A fire erupted in a farm warehouse here Friday evening severely damaging the structure and causing minor damage to two adjacent businesses officials said No injuries were reported But at least 15 area fire depart ments including one from nearby Greentown were called to help battle the blaze said Capt Tom Hendricks of the Greentown Fire Department The fire at the Harper Implement Building in downtown Swayzee began around 7 Friday and was still burning inside the blocklong structure around midnight said Larry Watson of the Swayzee Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ken Grove of Greentown Fire Department said about six from his department were on the scene of the fire from Friday to about 7 Saturday The Howard Coun ty group sent two tankers which were used to haul an esti mated gallons of water from Converse to the fire Hen dricks said Watson said firefighters from Marion and other Grant County agencies were also helping battle the blaze which brought downtown traffic to a standstill Howard County Emergency Management Agency and Wildcat Township fire fighters from Windfall were also summoned Hendricks said Everyone we could get ahold of is here helping put this thing said Watson He said the blaze severely damaged the warehouse which was used to store and service farm equipment Two adjacent businesses Swayzee Telephone Broadband and Bainbridge Printing suffered minor damage he said Airmen are held in Korea WASHINGTON AP The United States demanded the release of two Army airmen whose helicopter crossed into North Korean air space Saturday and was either shot down or forced to land The White House called the incident omi More than 12 hours after North Korea announced it had shot down an enemy helicopter that violat ed its airspace Clinton administration officials said they could not determine the condition of the two American airmen The Pentagon identified the men as Chief Warrant Officer David Hilemon of Clarksville and Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Hall of Brooksville Fla Both are members of A Company 4th Battalion 501st Aviation Regiment at Camp Page We want them Leon Panetta the White House chief of staff said on CNN Its omi nous that this incident took place This should not have Rep Bill Richardson who is in North Korea on behalf of the House Intelligence Committee requested immediate access to the crewmen his spokesman Stuart Nagurka said He said there was no immediate response from officials who met with the New Mexico Democrat Richardson who is in contact with Secretary of State Warren Christopher stressed that failure to aggressively investigate this case and failure to return the missing servicemen would have a seri ous impact on Korean Nagurka said Goodfellows helps kids Goodfellows is a charity sponsored by the Koko mo Tribune to help needy children at Christmas Youngsters age infant through age 13 receive new clothing at Christmas provided through corporate sponsor Penney Donations to the charity are used to fund vouch ers which are distributed to eligible Howard County families Donations to the charity may be mailed to the Goodfellows Kokomo Tribune Post Office Box 9014 300 N Union Kokomo Ind 469049014 Donations may also be brought to the Kokomo Tri bune and dropped off at the accounting department The Tribune encourages donations in memory of loved ones Memorials and donation listings will appear on Page 1 throughout the holiday season In memory of Joe McGowan In memory of Kristi and Jaunita Henry Carolyn Boys and Bill Henry In memory of Beulah Friend Dorothy Lewis Katie Cooper Helen Boring Leslie Hoff and Lucille Young 23 Extension Homemakers KCC Ladies Bowling League In lieu of Christmas cards Sam and Carrie Wims In memory of James Joseph and Alfonsa Coenata In memory of Domenico Drago William H Brown Jr In memory of loved ones Bob and June Wright In memory of Florence Ludwig our other mother Anonymous In memory of my husband Truman Tochterman For grandsons Tony Ted and Andy Landrum and Seth and Sean Lykins In memory of our fathers Jim and Jo Butcher Total Inside today Classified Dr Vd 144 No I ;