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An Anderson County High School senior remained in the intensive care unit at the University of Kentucky Medical Center on Monday following an ATV wreck early Sunday morning.
Megan Schell, a daughter of Tim and Janet Schell, had both lungs punctured by broken ribs and other injuries when the ATV on which she was a passenger flipped several times, throwing her an estimated 50 feet, according to her sister, Sarah Lynn Schell.
She also suffered head and back injuries and a broken collarbone, her sister said, but it is the lung damage that had doctors most concerned as of Monday afternoon.
“Both of her lungs collapsed,” her sister said. “Her left lung was bleeding heavily but had improved as of [Monday] morning, but the right one has gotten worse. The doctors are really concerned about her contracting pneumonia.”
Sarah Schell said the wreck happened after her sister and some friends decided to celebrate her 18th birthday by going to a nearby farm in Franklin County to ride ATVs.
“They had just got back from Applebee’s,” her sister said, adding that she was taken by private vehicle to Frankfort Regional Medical Center before being transferred to UK by ambulance.
Once there, tubes were inserted to help her breathe, but as of Monday afternoon Sarah Schell said the tubes had been removed.
She said her sister has been conscious and was able to respond to questions by saying her name and holding up the right number of fingers when asked.
She said when the breathing tubes were in place, she first wrote a note to her mother, asking why she was in the hospital.
When her mother asked if she knew what day it was, she responded by saying that it was her birthday.
“The doctors don’t think she had any major head injury,” her sister said. “She could remember things and they did several brain scans.”
The back injury, her sister said, doesn’t appear to be serious.
Asked if there’s anything her sister needs, Sarah Lynn Schell said just to have people keep supporting her.
“My parents are thankful for the support,” she said. “She knows a lot of people in Lawrenceburg are looking out for her.”