Update

School rallies behind injured second-grader

by Celia Shortt

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Brooks Elementary representatives have made several trips to see injured student Megan Winters in the hospital. Front row, from left, are Melanie Simpson, Julie Raschen, Sherry Copeland; back, Janice McCullough, Amy Harrison, Michelle Owens and Christa Shaner. 


Since Megan Winters’ accident during the Christmas break, Brooks Elementary School has rallied behind its injured second-grade student.

“She is a precious young lady full of spirit and spunk,” said Brooks Elementary School Principal Julie Raschen. “She is going to come through this even stronger than she was. She is a real fighter.”

Around 2 p.m. on Dec. 30, Winters, 7, fell into a well at her grandparents’ home in Whitesburg. She fell 40 to 50 feet to the bottom of a well and spent more than an hour at the bottom before she was rescued by Carroll County Fire and Rescue.

Her injuries were worse than initially thought, and she suffered broken bones in both her legs, an upper bone in her left arm, and multiple fractures to her face. She also had some swelling on her brain, but that has improved.

“It’s been a scary thing for her to go through,” said spokesperson for the family Michelle Smith. “She knows there are many people out there supporting her. She’s a brave kid and handling it quite well.”

Smith is best friend to Winters’ mom, and is known to Megan as “Aunt Shell.”

“From the beginning, Brooks Elementary has been extremely supportive,” Smith said. “Her principal and former teacher visited when she was in ICU, even though they could not visit with her.”

According to Raschen, Brooks Elementary parents have donated money, gas cards, food cards, and other gifts including house cleaning service for several months. Raschen and others have also made several trips to Egleston to deliver the gifts and to visit with Winters and her family.

Smith said Brooks Elementary is also talking about holding fundraisers for the Winters family.

Winters was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston following her accident. On Tuesday, according to Smith, Winters had surgery to repair the fractures in her face. It was rescheduled from Friday because she had contracted pneumonia.

“She is doing better with the pneumonia, but it is still there,” Smith said.

Winters’ family is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances, according to Smith. Winters’ grandmother suffered a stress induced cardiac arrest at the accident. She is home now, doing much better and trying to rest.

Once she has recovered enough, Winters will be transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite for rehabilitation.

For updates and information on Winters and her family, Smith has set up a page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/megan.wintersprayers?ref=nf.



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