She’s tough, but after cracking her pelvis in three places, breaking her leg, and two fingers in a car crash, her aunt knows she needs some help.
Caitlynn Webb was the passenger in a silver four-door sedan that careened off the roadway Fri., Feb. 2. on Highway 3A near Olalla.
Driving the car was Webb’s friend and in the back seat were the friend’s two young daughters. Webb was the only one seriously injured.
“The road was slushy. It was bad. They were going really slow but bad conditions and bad luck. They left around 10 a.m. headed for breakfast,” Julie Johnson, Webb’s aunt said.
Johnson said her niece, who recently turned 26, was unconscious and pinned in the vehicle for about 45 minutes as firefighters worked to extricate her. She was taken to Kelowna hospital where she underwent one surgery on her hand on Sunday.
At this point no surgeries are needed on her leg or pelvis but that could change, Johnson said.
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“She’s in pretty rough shape. She’s a pretty tough little stinker. She’s already asking to get out of there because she wants to get back to work. It’s going to be awhile,” she said.
Johnson started a gofundme campaign for her niece who works in the hospitality industry and has no benefits to cover off this kind of injury.
Webb works at the Branding Iron in Keremeos and rents an apartment in the village where she lives with her three dogs.
“I’m hoping we can bridge the gap for her. She’s a server and most of her money comes from tips and she doesn’t want to lose her place. Once she gets moving again, then there will be physio and I don’t think that’s covered. There’s all these costs,” she said.
Johnson said doctor’s told her niece it’ll be an eight-week recovery time and then there will be more rehabilitation required.
“I don’t know when she’ll get back to work. She’s a little toughie but we’re hoping to just lift some of the financial stress off her so she can focus on healing,” she said.
The gofundme campaign raised $435 in its first day and has a goal of $2,500 at this time.
There are also jars in businesses around the village collecting donations from those that want to donate, but not online.
“We appreciate anything anyone can give. It’s going to be a long recovery for her,” she said.
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