Klamath County teenager in critical condition after suffering multiple injuries in crash near Merrill

KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore — A 13-year-old girl is in critical condition after suffering several injuries in a car crash near Merrill last weekend.

The family of Kaelyn “KK” Carter, told NBC5 that she was coming back home from the Tulelake Butte Valley Fair in California with her friends last Sunday morning. They said the driver then made a turn on highway 39, when the car suddenly rolled and Carter was ejected.

She was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center before being flown to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland.

“KK had a laceration to her liver, ruptured spleen, lost one of her kidneys, broken pelvis, fractured vertebrae’s, intubated on a ventilator, and sedated but is making slow improvements. Outside of these current known injuries, they are concerned about her lungs not functioning properly, and brain trauma.” the family shared on the GoFundMe post.

Carter’s grandfather, Monty Holloway, said she’s gone through four surgeries and is awaiting a fifth procedure on her pelvis this week.

“We expect this to go on for months, getting Kaelyn and her families whatever help and support they can get right now,” Holloway said. “Anything is appreciated, even if its just a prayer or thought right now.”

Holloway said Kaelyn’s mother is grateful for the outpouring of support from the community.

The family set up a GofundMe page to help with medical expenses. The link can be found here: Kaelyn’s Cause

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Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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