Milwaukee woman killed in accident may have suffered medical event before crash
Matt Montgomery & Nick Montes
Nick Montes reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
WEST ALLIS- A 45-year-old woman from Milwaukee that died after a car accident in West Allis may have suffered a medical event right before the crash, according to a report by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.
The Medical Examiner's report discovered that Tracy A. Ryan previously had a liver transplant and kidney failure -- and apparently was in the process of getting a liver and kidney transplant.
She had been getting dialysis for about year, according to TODAY'S TMJ4.
Witnesses saw the woman crash into a tree near S. 84th Street and W. Oklahoma Avenue around 3 p.m. Thursday.
A West Allis police officer was investigating another accident in the area and heard that crash.
Rescue crews tried to revive Ryan, but were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead less than an hour after the crash.
"She was fun with a very loving sense of humor," Ryan's mother Susan Hume says.
Ryan's family has many photos of the good times -- ones they'll always share. "She could make anybody laugh, smile and she loved her boys."
Moments they say she never took for granted, especially after having her first liver transplant ten years ago.
"It was a motorcycle accident and that's all you know. But, to think that person's life went on," Hume says.
Tracy thanked the donor's family for her second chance at life, something good out of their tragic loss.
"She saw people married and she saw two grandkids be born," Hume says.
But, Ryan again needed to get on the transplant list for a new liver and kidneys. She was on her way back from dialysis when she crashed into this tree in West Allis Thursday. Her mom may never know the reason for the crash.
She does wants everyone to consider becoming a donor to save someone else life.
"Please do it. It could (be) a thirty year old mother with boys. It could be a little baby."
Ryan was once a donor herself. But, because she took so many medications for her liver, she wasn't able to be a donor.