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One Year After the SXSW Crash, A Survivor Returns to the Hospital to Say 'Thank You'

Jon Shapley/KUT News
A little less than a year ago, Mason Endres (pictured here with her parents Dan and May) was undergoing therapy after being hit by an intoxicated driver at last year's SXSW.

Mason Endres still needs a knee brace to walk. She's one of the 23 survivors of the car crash that killed four people at South by Southwest last year. Endres set aside this morning to visit St. David's Hospital and thank the staff for her recovery.

May Endres, Mason's mom, corralled a big group of doctors and nurses for a photo. 

"It took a village, people," May Endres said. 

Mason believes, had it not been for her doctors, the car would've killed her too.

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This year, Mason Endres is mobile, with the aid of knee braces, and back at SXSW to enjoy the music. With a few more years, and more surgeries, she expects to be able to walk unassisted again.

"I had a broken nose, neck, femur," she said. "All the ligaments in my knees were torn. I had a severed artery. We think it hit me from the back just because of all the bruising – like the entire back of my body was bruised."

The 19-year-old is one of the few survivors not suing SXSW or Rashad Owens – the driver who hit her. She wants to focus her attention on college, photography and her writing.

During spring break, though, Mason Endres is back at the festival – it's good for her soul. She says it comes alive with the sound of music. 

Texas Standard reporter Joy Diaz has amassed a lengthy and highly recognized body of work in public media reporting. Prior to joining Texas Standard, Joy was a reporter with Austin NPR station KUT on and off since 2005. There, she covered city news and politics, education, healthcare and immigration.
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