Youth injured in accident

A Vernon family is in need of assistance after an ATV accident left their nine-year-old daughter requiring multiple visits down to B.C. Children’s Hospital, and some expensive orthodontic work.

  • Aug. 21, 2011 12:00 p.m.

A Vernon family is in need of assistance after an ATV accident left their nine-year-old daughter requiring multiple visits down to B.C. Children’s Hospital, and some expensive orthodontic work.

“She was out ATVing — she was a passenger — and they lost control and she was thrown on her face,” said Lynn Therrien about her daughter Emma’s accident.

“She has a broken and dislocated jaw, and it took all the skin off her chin.”

Emma was visiting relatives near Prince George when the incident occurred, and was flown to Vancouver right away for surgery at Children’s.

Improper safety measures played a part in the severity of Emma’s injuries. She was not wearing a full-face helmet.

“Obviously accidents do happen, but you can better protect yourself,” said Therrien, who would like to spread awareness as much as possible about ATV safety.

The surgeons are still unsure about how much work still needs to be done, so for the time being Emma has her jaw wired shut.

“She’s been totally traumatized,” said Therrien, adding that she is nervous about going back to school in September given her appearance.

“It’s going to be a very long process for her,” said Therrien.

“We don’t have orthodontic coverage, and we don’t qualify for assistance.”

A donation account at TD Canada Trust has been set up for anyone who wishes to help out. People can just go into the local branch and mention Emma’s name.

“People have been really supportive so far, we really want to thank everyone,” said Therrien.