Injured Zilllah teen speaks for first time since bounce-house crash
SEATTLE — A Zillah teen who’s been fighting for her life since May 1, when she was injured while playing a game on a large bounce house, is showing major signs of improvement on her road to recovery.
18-year-old Kirsten Tackett was playing a game during a field day at Zillah High School when a strong whirlwind sent the bounce house flying at least 15 feet in the air and carried it approximately 250 feet down the football field.
Four students, including Kirsten were injured. Kirsten was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She had been in critical condition at the hospital’s intensive care unit.
On Wednesday, Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg told KAPP-KVEW that Kirsten is no longer in critical condition in the ICU and she is more alert than before. However, she indicated that the teen still has a long road of recovery ahead.
Kirsten’s mother, Heather Tackett, wrote on Facebook that her daughter said her first words since the accident on Tuesday.
“She said ‘I’m doing good’ and to our amazement then followed with ‘I love you dad,'” Heather wrote. “Her words are whispers but her mind is sharp she definitely understands. We are so excited for the days and months to come to see more of God’s Miracles in Kirsten.”
A GoFundMe campaign made to help Tackett’s family has raised more than $21,000.
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