It may be a long time before they are fully healed, but Jack and Doris Garner are both home from the hospital.
The couple suffered a constellation of critical injuries on the night of Nov. 1, when their Subaru station wagon struck a bull on U.S. Highway 95 about 6 miles north of Council. The 2,400-pound bull smashed through the windshield of the car.
What happened after the crash is under investigation. The owner of the injured bull, Jack Yantis, died after a fatal encounter with Adams County deputies who had responded to the accident.
Jack, 53, was released from a Boise hospital after a few days. But Doris, 47, needed medical care for more than three weeks. She was released a couple days before Thanksgiving, one of her sisters told the Statesman Tuesday.
Shannon Ellis, who lives in LaCrosse, Wash., said she Skyped with the couple last week.
“It was so awesome to see them both sitting up and talking — and at home,” said Ellis, noting that her family feels lucky that Jack and Doris are alive after the one-ton bull literally landed in their laps. “It could have been so much worse.”
Ellis said it appears from the couple’s injuries the bull struck the center of the windshield.
“Most of his injuries are on the right, and most of hers are on the left,” she said.
Doris suffered broken bones in her neck, skull and chest, as well as deep cuts on her head and hand. She has to wear a neck brace and back brace but she is able to walk, Ellis said.
Jack’s injuries included a concussion and shoulder injury. Ellis said she asked him if he’s suffering headaches.
“He said he’s mostly having neck pain,” she said. “It hurts him really bad.”
Family members are caring for the Garners at their Nampa home. It’s unclear when they will be able to return to work — Jack is a respiratory therapist, Doris is a nanny. They married in September.
“They’re both strong people,” Ellis said. “She’s a little thing but as tough as they come. Doctors can’t believe how quick she’s healing.”