FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Donations are being collected for a local 14-year-old who suffered a severe spinal cord injury after a sledding accident in March.
Since being created six days ago, around $84,000 has been raised through GoFundMe for Tegan Nielsen, who was injured after falling off her toboggan on March 19th.
Funds will support medical costs and home and vehicle modifications to support Nielsen’s recovery. She remains in the ICU at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.
According to the fundraising page, Nielsen required surgery after breaking her fifth vertebrae and damaging four others.
“Tegan is currently in a state of paralysis from her shoulders down. She has minimal movement of her neck, shoulders and right arm. The full extent of her injuries remains unknown,” said the GoFundMe post.
“Each day brings forth new challenges, but also hope. Tegan’s positive attitude, resilience and strength over the past few weeks is simply inspiring.”
Many attempts were made to assist her breathing, including a C-PAP, medication, kidney belt, and full face mask. Finally, doctors decided to install a tracheostomy tube, and it is unknown if it will be permanent.
During this time, she will be unable to speak while the tube is in place.
“As you can imagine, this is every parent’s worst nightmare and an absolutely unbelievable, life changing situation for this sweet teenage girl to endure,” said the post
“Tegan has a passion for swimming that has developed over the years, and her commitment highlights her dedication, determination and drive. She is an amazing, thoughtful, spunky, polite, beautiful little 14-year-old young lady just beginning to experience what life has to offer. Anyone who has met Tegan knows that she is intelligent, kind and witty.”
Anyone looking to donate to the Nielsen family can click here.