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Long road to recovery for Perham woman hurt in crash

An 18-year-old Perham woman is fighting for her life after being seriously injured in a car crash last Thursday.

With family by her side around-the-clock in the intensive care unit at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, Kylee Wrobleski was moved into her own room late Monday.

Her mother, Dixie Stauffacher, said doctors were still uncertain about what might lie ahead.

“They’re not sure if she’ll make a full recovery yet,” Stauffacher said. “But it sounds like they’re positive about it. At least they’re giving me positive feedback.”

Wrobleski was one of six young people involved in a two-vehicle accident along Highway 108 at about 3:30 p.m.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that a second person, 16-year-old Cammy Cummings, of Perham, was also hurt in the crash. Her injuries were listed as “non-life threatening.”

The state patrol said Wrobleski, who was driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue, slowed to make a left turn into a driveway near Harvest Road when her car was struck by a pickup truck trying to pass her on the left.

That pickup, a 2006 Chevy Silverado, was being driven by 16-year-old Jacob Karst of Osage, according to the state patrol. Cummings was a passenger in the pickup. Karst and another passenger, 17-year-old Madison Wiese of Dent, suffered no apparent injuries.

Wrobleski’s two passengers, Aubrey and Neveah Berghorst, ages 7 and 6, both of Perham, also were unharmed.

The driver’s side of the car Wrobleski was driving was hit hard, and the crash caused injuries to her liver and spleen, three broken ribs, several pelvic fractures and a collapsed lung, her mother said. She added that her daughter’s liver and spleen were healing nicely as of Monday evening, but Wrobleski will have weeks of in-bed physical therapy to go through, and she won’t be able to walk for the next six weeks while her pelvic bone heals. She’s also had to take shots in the stomach for blood clots.

Her five siblings, along with her mother, have been by her side night and day, taking turns watching over her. On Monday, she woke up for the first time since the accident, her mother said, but was still really “in and out” due to pain medications.

“It’s been absolutely horrible,” Stauffacher said when asked what the past few days have been like for her. “It’s the worst thing I’ve ever gone through in my life.”

As of Monday, Stauffacher hadn’t been home to Perham since the accident, but she said she’s appreciative of all the supportive phone and Facebook messages she’s gotten from friends, family and the community. She isn’t sure how long her daughter will remain in the hospital.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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