"I'm never, ever going sledding again..."

By: Malorie Maddox, Jeff Olson, Mike Denker Email
By: Malorie Maddox, Jeff Olson, Mike Denker Email

A teenage girl speaks out after a sledding accident leaves her in a wheelchair.

Gabby Goetzinger says, "I don't know if it was the pain or just my muscles but I literally could not move my back."

Gabby was sledding at Lewis & Clark middle school on January 7th. Her sled flipped around and her back smacked into a fence pole.

Our cameras were on the scene right after the accident happened.

We talked with the witness who called Gabby's dad.

Donna Cooper says, "She said she couldn't move and I shouted not to move and called for help."

Gabby's dad, Kurt, rushed to the scene.

Kurt says, "To pull up and see your child laying face down in the snow and not moving, it's panic mode. I barely remember driving here."

Gabby injured two vertebrae in her back. Right now she is in a wheelchair.

Malorie Maddox asks, "How long will you have to be in a wheelchair? Do they know?"

Gabby says, "They said three to four weeks, then they are going to send me to a specialist and see how I am healing."

After Gabby's accident the school took action. They built up a snow berm to keep other kids from getting injured.

Kurt says, "The nurse said just that weekend nine kids were at Children's Hospital."

Gabby admits, she learned a tough lesson, the hard way.

"I am never, ever going sledding again." said Gabby.


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