Emilio to be moved out of ICU

April 18, 2008 4:29:57 PM PDT
Emilio Navaira's wife is speaking out just days after we learned that her Tejano star husband marked a significant milestone in his recovery from a bus accident that nearly took his life. Emilio's condition was upgraded to fair earlier this week and just this morning, his wife spoke at a news conference at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Emilio's wife, Maria, was crying when she said she was deeply grateful for the attention and the help they've received in these past weeks. She says she has no words to express her thanks.

Back on March 23, Emilio was driving his own tour bus when he was involved in a serious accident. The bus struck several construction barrels along the 610 West Loop at the Highway 59 exit ramp. Emilio, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the bus approximately 30 feet.

Emilio has been at Memorial Hermann Hospital ever since.

Maria, who is from Monterrey, Mexico, spoke publicly in Spanish Friday, saying, "My husband has been in critical condition, but I have been able to read his lips and see in his eyes all the love that we have."

Emilio's doctors say that the Tejano star has told him he's ready to go home. The doctors say they're going to move Emilio out of ICU very soon, but didn't give a specific date.

As for whether or not Emilio will be able to sing again, doctors say right now, their focus is on taking the best care of Emilio that they can.

"At this point, we're more concerned about him returning to his most important job, which is a husband and a father and a son and a brother and it's difficult to say how well he will do and how well he will recover, but the fact that he's made a lot of progress in actually what's a short amount of time is encouraging," said Dr. Alex Valadka, director of neurotrauma services at Memorial Hermann.

We'll continue to monitor Emilio's condition and will have the latest on Eyewitness News.

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