Montvale Rescue Squad helps bring a mother home for Christmas

(WDBJ7)-- For 35-year-old Crystal Whorley, words don't come as easily as they used to. But, she still has a way of letting people know how she feels.

In February of 2016 Whorley, a mother of three, suffered from a brain aneurysm. She has lost the ability to speak and walk.

“It's different when you don't have a mom to talk to everyday,” said Alexis Buckland, Whorley’s daughter. “You don't have the same bond with anyone else.”

“There's not a day that goes by that I don't sit back and go, man- I really need my sister right now,” said April Harrison, Whorley’s sister.

Whorley is currently living at the Springtree Health and Rehabilitation facility in Roanoke.

“It's unreal. It's like a long nightmare. You got two daughters and you never…..you take things for granted,” said Ronnie Whorley, Crystal’s dad.

It's been a long ride for her and the family, but she has seen progress. She used to be hooked up to tubes and IV’s 24/7. Now the only tube she has in is for feeding. For the first time, Whorley is eligible for a home visit.

That trip home comes at a cost too high for the family to bear, and that's where the Montvale Rescue Squad comes in.

They will be taking Whorley home and back for a Christmas visit this Saturday, completely free.

“ It's unexplainable to see someone do that. Take time out of their life to help me,” said Whorley’s dad.

“Helping these kids get back with their mom, And their mom be home for Christmas. That's what it's all about,” said Vicki Elmore, Member of Montvale Rescue Squad.

3-year-old Trenton is excited to show mom his toys. The two girls can't wait to bake cookies and keep old traditions alive….Well, sort of.

“I bought cookies already made, okay,” said Whorley’s mom. “That's not what she would've done. She would have made the cookies.”

The family is hoping that when Whorley sees her childhood home in Thaxton, her dog, and where her children are living that her memory will be triggered and she will be brought back even more.

“So having her home this year…It's just unbelievable. I can't, I just can't,” said Harrison. “There's no words. It's going to be unbelievable for her and for us.”