Samara Steinmetz was in a horrible car accident on Thanksgiving morning when she hit a patch of black ice on Highway 16 between Tomah and Sparta and lost control of her vehicle, sending her sideways into oncoming traffic. She suffered mulitple head injuries, fractured vertebraes, a broken jaw, three broken ribs, a broken pelvis, a hole in one of her lungs, and damage to her liver.
The most dire medical issues are a bruised vein in her neck that could cause a stroke and Samara also has Occipital cervical dislocation which basically means her skull is no longer attached to her spine.
Doctors say that 70% of people are killed instantly from this injury, and another 15% die while being transported to the hospital. They had no answer as to how she’s still alive and able to move her extremities. The only option was surgery where they attached permanent rods to plates screwed into her skull and her back to support the skull.
Samara made it through the surgery, however, Samara will no longer be able to turn her head or move it up and down. She is currently in ICU on a ventilator.
Meanwhile, Samara’s medical expenses are adding up quickly and will continue to for months, As well as travel and hotel expenses for her parents. Kylea & Ken.
You can read more about Samara here.
There’s a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the family to pay their mounting medical bills and other expenses.
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