Car Wreck Survivor Shares Unbelievable Story of Mistaken Identity
The woman at the center of a nightmarish case of mistaken identity spoke out on The Kelly File tonight, saying the ordeal has strengthened her Christian faith.
Just over ten years ago, responders at the scene of a horrific car crash in Indiana confused the identities of two college students who bore a striking resemblance.
18-year-old Whitney Cerak survived, but her friend Laura VanRyn did not. Whitney was placed in a helicopter with Laura's identification.
While in a coma lasting five weeks, she was tended to by Laura's family and friends. They didn't recognize that she was not their daughter through the swollenness, tubes and bandages that distorted her face.
In the meantime, the Cerak family was so distraught that they never identified the body as Whitney's. They held a funeral for Whitney, but buried Laura's body.
Whitney came out of her coma, and the truth was discovered. The VanRyn family mourned the loss of their daughter but rejoiced that the Ceraks still had theirs.
"The whole thing seems surreal to me," she told Megyn. "It seems like a Lifetime movie, that it wasn't really my life."
She said that she loves the VanRyn family who loved and looked after her and is still close with them.
"They are a beautiful picture of what Jesus would act like if he were here now," she said. "They loved me when they thought that I was their daughter, and they continued to do so. They continued to love me as family even when they knew that I wasn't Laura."