Account set up for family of comatose NHHS student

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec. 13, 2007 - A fund has been set up at Alliance Bank for donations to assist the family of a 16-year-old North Hopkins High School student with medical care expenses.

Deanna Van Holten

Deanna Van Holten remains in a coma at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. The North Hopkins sophomore collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, then flown Children's on Dec. 1.

The coma is due to a birth defect in which the coronary and pulmonary arteries in her heart were not formed correctly.

Prior to this month, Deanna had no known medical history to indicate a life-threatening heart problem. Her family describes her as a normal, outgoing teen-ager who “loves to hang out with her friends and cousins, talking and texting with them.” She was involved in the FFA program at North Hopkins H.S., attended Weaver Baptist Church and worked at Chicken Express.

Deanna Van Holten is the daughter of Jackie and Amy Van Holten and Sherry Webb. She has two younger brothers, 10-year-old Jonathan and 5-year-old Zane, who attend Saltillo school, where Deanna also once attended and still has friends. Deanna’s brothers have been staying with family members in Sulphur Springs while her parents have been in Dallas.

�The family would like to thank those in the community and Deanna's friends for their love, support and prayers,� Deanna�s aunt, Debra Oetting, said on behalf of the family. �Unfortunately, there is no medical insurance to cover the cost of her care, and her parents are not working currently so that they may be by her side at the hospital.�

Consequently, the fund was established at Alliance Bank for donations to assist Deanna’s family with medical costs associated with her care. Contributions may be made at Alliance Bank to an account set up in her father’s name, Jackie Van Holten.

Anyone who has any questions about Deanna may contact Debra Oetting at work at 903-885-5600 or on her cell phone at 903-348-0936.

Older Archives

Looking for News-Telegram Sports and News Archives for January 2004 - November 2008