On April 27, a haze fell over Agnes Kim as her car collided with another.
She suffered a brain injury and fell into a coma as metal wrenched and four of her friends and fellow University of Georgia students began to die. As news spread from the lonely Oconee County road, people all around Georgia and beyond began to pray, for the souls of the lost young women, for peace for those who loved them, for Kim to wake up.
This week, the 21-year-old Snellville resident did.
Friends announced the milestone Wednesday morning. Kim is recovering at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, undergoing constant monitoring.
“She is not yet fully conscious but definitely awake and alert!” friends posted on a website detailing her progress. The news doesn’t mean she’s “emerged,” the word Shepherd Center staff uses for a fully conscious state, the friends wrote, “But we know she is no longer in a coma or unconscious.”
“Please pray for her body and mind to continue healing, for her to regain (full) consciousness, and for her continued strength in order to persevere during this difficult time,” the post said, closing with a verse from the book of Micah: “But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”
News that Kim had woken up, even if there is still work to do, was welcomed by many.
“Never met Agnes Kim ever but that’s the best news I’ve heard all day long,” Twitter user Rev. Berry Black XVI wrote.
Kim, who was given her diploma from UGA while in a coma last month, has been described by friends as a faithful young woman dedicated to helping others. She worked with a ministry in Athens to help teenagers transition to adulthood. She promoted charity events.
“Everybody likes her,” former Brookwood High classmate Cameron Grassmyer said last month.
Information on the wreck remains limited. The Georgia State Patrol hasn’t released further details since early last month, when troopers said they didn’t suspect speed or alcohol were factors. More information won’t be released until the investigation is finished, GSP said.