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Disneyland Guest Is Recovering From Injuries

December 30, 1998|TINA NGUYEN

A Disneyland guest who was injured in the Christmas Eve accident that killed her husband has been showing steady progress and is expected to recover, hospital officials said Tuesday.

Lieu Thuy Vuong, 43, was upgraded from fair to good condition Tuesday. She also was able to walk and began eating regular food, said UCI Medical Center spokeswoman Michelle Glassmeyer.

Vuong suffered head injuries after a metal cleat tore loose from the Columbia sailing ship ride. She began to show improvement after minor reconstructive surgery on the right side of her face last weekend.

Her husband, Luan Phi Dawson, died Saturday after he was taken off a respirator at UCI Medical Center in Orange. He suffered hemorrhaging of the brain and a severe fracture of the skull.

The couple, of Duvall, Wash., were taking their son and grandson to Disneyland at the time of the accident.

Relatives plan to arrange a private memorial service for Dawson in Washington state when Vuong is able to return home.

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