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March 11, 2013

Injured Northern student showing positive signs

Somerset —  

A young girl is exceeding doctors’ expectations by showing signs of awareness, and even responding to loved ones, less than a week after she was severely injured in a car accident in Somerset. 
“(The doctors at) UK say she’s a miracle, not only for her to have made it through day 5, but to be improving like she is,” said Karen Miller, aunt to 12-year-old Jaden Jasper.
Jaden, a Northern Middle School student, 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. 
“It’s been a nightmare since 5:30 p.m. that Tuesday,” said Miller.
Jaden and Jimmy’s family members have spent nearly every waking hour with the two at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. 
Jimmy, who was struck and impaled by a fence plank in the shoulder area, suffered a number of injuries in the accident, including a broken collarbone, broken clavicle, broken ribs, broken vertebrates, broken wrist, collapsed aorta, and a skull fracture. 
Jimmy was officially discharged from the hospital on Sunday, and he was able to see his young daughter for the first time since the accident. 
“He (Jimmy) has a long road ahead of him, and probably more surgeries,” said Miller. “It (seeing Jaden) was really hard for him.”
Jimmy is staying with family members while he recovers from his injuries. 
Jaden suffered a depressed skull fracture in the accident when a fence plank struck her directly in the forehead. A depressed skull fracture is characterized by a bone break — usually caused by blunt force trauma — in which the bone pushes inward. In Jaden’s case, the bone is pushing inward and putting immense pressure on her brain.

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