The father of a girl dragged by a garbage truck his month is happy to report she’s on the road to recovery.
But John Sisson says 11-year-old Joanne’s injuries are so severe, it will take years for her to heal.
“She sustained basically a shattered pelvis, and the internal soft-tissue injuries associated with that sort of an injury.” says Sisson. “She also has extensive damage to her skin on her right arm, and both hips, and up on the basically lower sides of her upper torso. There’s going to have to be a lot of skin-graft work done over the next few years.”
Sisson tells 630CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, since Joanne’s accident, he’s been taking extra care to be aware of his surroundings, and he’s pleading with other drivers to do the same.
“Particularly [for] pedestrians, particularly cyclists, and in particular, if you’re sitting in a high vehicle you have to be able to make sure you don’t have someone sitting in your blind spot.” Sisson says. “And this is a real issue with some of our larger vehicles out there on the road now I think, have probably very poor visibility down the lower left side, the lower left pocket, which in my daughter’s case was where she was in this particular accident.”
Joanne has been out of school since the accident, and it remains to be seen if she’ll be able to continue to pursue her passion of ballet.
The family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for her medical costs, and so her parents can take time off to care for her. (ms, rjs)