Megan Winters scheduled for more surgery on Tuesday

by Celia Shortt

Megan Winters, the seven-year-old Brooks Elementary School student who fell down a well in Whitesburg over Christmas break is scheduled to have more surgery Tuesday afternoon to fix some broken bones below her eyes.

“She is doing better,” said her mother’s best friend and spokesperson for the family, Michelle Smith. “She is more like herself. She is getting antsy and has had a lot of visitors.”

Smith has been best friends with Winters’ mother for 15 years and is Megan’s “Aunt Shell.”

Winters was originally scheduled to have this facial surgery last Friday, but it was postponed because she developed a case of pneumonia. As of Monday, Smith says she still has a low grade fever but the surgery is still scheduled for Tuesday.

Around 2 p.m. on Dec. 30, Winters fell 40 to 50 feet down an old well while playing with her cousin. She spent an hour at the bottom of the well until she was rescued by Carroll County Fire and Rescue. From there, she was flown by helicopter ambulance to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

The Carrollton-based newspaper, the “Times-Georgian,” reported she was lifted out of the well by a series of ropes and pulleys which were tied to nearby trees. More than a dozen people, including members of her family pulled on those ropes to lift her and the firefighter who had gone into the well to help her out.

Smith says Winters broke bones in both her legs, her left arm, and has multiple fractures in her face. She also had some swelling on her brain, which Smith says has gone down considerably.

Winters will remain at Egleston until she is well enough for rehabilitation. When that time comes, she will be transferred to Scottish Rite. Smith has set up a Facebook page — Megan Winters prayers — for updates and more information about Winters and her family.

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