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March 15, 2013

Jaden’s Miracle

Northern student expected to make full recovery from horrific car accident

Somerset —  

The number of people praying for 12-year-old Jaden Jasper are staggering.
Yesterday, those prayers were answered.
Surgeons at the University of Kentucky Medical Center told Jaden’s family members that they were “close to 100 percent certain” that the Northern Middle School seventh-grader would suffer no brain damage from a horrific car crash she was involved in less than two weeks ago.
“It’s unbelievable ... It’s a miracle,” said Karen Miller, Jaden’s aunt.
Jaden and her father, James “Jimmy” Jasper, 56, were both injured on Tuesday, March 5, after the SUV they were in crashed through a fence on Pumphouse Road.
The planks from the fence tore through the car, striking both Jimmy and Jaden. 
Most of the damage was to Jaden’s forehead, above her left eye, where she suffered a depressed skull fracture in the spot where she sustained a direct hit from the plank. A depressed skull fracture is characterized by a bone break — usually caused by blunt force trauma — in which the bone pushes inward.
The injury, ironically, may have worked in Jaden’s favor in this case — the brain swelling was naturally reduced, limiting the amount of injury to the brain.
“Basically, the doctor said the brain injury she has is less than a concussion ... it’s more like a contusion, which is seen in many less severe auto accidents,” said Miller. “It looks like she will make a full cognitive recovery. Praise the Lord.”
Doctors also feared Jaden’s injuries might take extensive reconstruction to repair. The family received good news on that front as well — the skull fracture will be able to be repaired without a lot of extensive surgery, and Jaden’s eye socket was intact. Had it been shattered — as feared —it would have taken hours of delicate surgery to reconstruct.

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