NEW ORLEANS -- Bay St. Louis Councilwoman Wendy McDonald's condition was improving Wednesday at Ochsner Medical Center after she suffered a head injury when a car struck her outside a funeral Monday at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church.
The family sent an update on her condition through Angela Eastin of Habitat for Humanity Bay Waveland Area Inc., where McDonald serves as executive director.
An MRI did not show any additional damage to McDonald's brain, Eastin said. She has been responding to voices and touch. Eastin also said a cervical collar is being removed from McDonald's neck.
Police Chief Mike DeNardo believes the elderly man who hit McDonald accidentally pushed in his accelerator when he was attempting to park. McDonald, who was standing on a sidewalk outside the church, hit her head when she fell.
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Eastin said she will send out another update by Friday. McDonald was stabilized at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, then flown to Ochsner, where she will undergo surgery on fractures around her right eye and left ear.