School kids rally in support of their injured classmate
Nearly four weeks after an accident left her in critical condition, Hannah Knott is making progress on what may be the start of a long journey back to health.
With her presence at school missed by her friends and teachers, fellow classmates at Creekview Elementary and all around the school district banded together with a special day in her honor.
An idea was tossed around about elementary students wearing hats to school in honor of Hannah after she was involved in an accident on March 20. Lee Averett, Hannah's teacher, heard about the idea and forwarded it to everyone around the school district. Hannah's first grade classmates along with other classes across the district wore hats of all kinds, from baseball caps to sombreros, for a day known as Hats ON for Hannah.
Averett said that students in his class have been asking every day since she has been in the hospital what they can do to help out Hannah.
"The students want to help out in anyway they can," Averett said. "It's amazing to see an idea like this go all across the district."
Hannah, a 6-year old student at Creekview Elementary, is showing signs of progress, including having her trachea tube removed on Thursday at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, after suffering numerous injuries from the accident on March 20, according to her mother Billie Heilesen.
Hannah was walking with her brother Jaxton, 9, on their way to a friends house along Highway 10, about a mile south of the U.S. 6 interchange. According to UHP reports, Hannah allegedly darted out into traffic in the path of a southbound vehicle and was hit in the middle of the lane.
Hannah was diagnosed with a fractured skull, two broken clavicles, a fractured jaw, broken mandible, six broken ribs, broken fingers, among other injuries.
With each passing day, Hannah is making progress, Heilesen said.
"Hannah is in stable condition right now," she said. "We're very proud of how she is doing since the accident."
While Hannah continues to make progress with her health, Heilesen. said doctors are uncertain on how long or if Hannah will recover to be 100 percent again. Hannah may or may not regain full strength on the left side of her body, Heilesen. added.
In the last week, Hannah has been able to wheel herself around in her wheelchair. Because of the trachea tube, she has been unable to speak. To provide a remedy for that, Hannah was given a card with phrases that helps her better communicate with doctors and her family about how she is feeling.
But while Hannah is in the hospital recovering from her injuries, her fellow classmates at Creekview Elementary haven't forgotten her.
Averett visited Primary Children's Medical Center shortly after the accident to deliver cards to the family for Hannah that students had made for her.
"The students are always asking about Hannah a lot and how is she doing," Averett said.
Mark and Amy Jesperson, Hannah's aunt and uncle, helped set up the blog to keep fellow family members and friends up to date on Hannah's condition. The blog is updated regularly with information on Hannah's progress and pictures and video of her in recovery. The blog can be found at http://maj-family.blogspot.com/.
While Hannah still has a long road ahead of her, Heilesen. said she is thankful for the help and support from the community throughout the time since her accident. Heilesen. said there are accounts open at Eastern Utah Community Credit Union and Utah Power in Hannah's name for donations.
"We're very glad she is still with us," Heilesen said. "She's taking baby steps at the moment but we're hopeful she will fully recover from this."