Fundraiser established to benefit Madras 3-year-old
A GoFundMe online fundraising account has been set up to benefit the family of Madras 3-year-old Ollie Mae Petersen, who was kicked in the head by a horse Monday afternoon, Aug. 2.
Ollie's mother, Heather Petersen, reported Tuesday that Ollie is in critical care at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital ICU in Portland.
"We don't know much about the future," Petersen reported Tuesday. "She will be sedated and on a ventilator for a few more days as they try to control brain swelling and seizures. She had surgery last night to remove bone and decompress the skull."
On Wednesday afternoon, Peterson's sister, Nicky Merritt, reported that Ollie has had a stable 24 hours, which she called a miracle.
"Ollie Mae is a true fighter," Merritt said. "The medical team is talking of trying to wake her up from the heavy sedation she has been on to keep her resting and healing after the brain surgery. It is unclear until she is awake what the long-term impacts will be from the injury."
Ollie's oldest cousin, Ashely Merritt, organized the GoFundMe fundraiser, titled "Help Petersen family in a time of need."
To donate, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-petersen-family-in-a-time-of-need?qid=c7dd33e3d975a8d7e1b38ab0e68d7338.
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