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Fund set up for girls injured in Fourth of July ATV crash

Support is circulating online for three little Ulen girls who were injured in an ATV-SUV accident on the Fourth of July near Cotton Lake. A Go Fund Me account has been set up for the families of eight-year-old Kylee West and her twin cousins, four-year-olds Bethany and Adelyn Bakke.

According to police reports, the girls, who were all wearing helmets, were traveling together on an ATV Monday near the intersection of Highway 32 and 27 when it pulled out in front of an SUV that couldn’t stop in time. Bethany and Kylee were lifeflighted to Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo, while Adelyn was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes before being transferred to a Fargo hospital.

According to the Go Fund Me page set up to help the girls’ families, Kylee broke her femur bone and Adelyn has bumps, bruises and a concussion, but has been released from the hospital.

Family friend Sarah Okeson created the Go Fund Me account, and according to her, “Kylee had surgery on her femur on the 4th and is still in the hospital working on pain management and physical therapy. Today (July 7) she was able to move from her bed to the wheelchair and use the restroom. With continued progress she will hopefully go home very soon.”

One of the little twins, Bethany, has reportedly been trying to recover from more critical injuries, as she was taken by air ambulance to the Gillette Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

“On the evening of July 4th they operated for nearly 5 hours when they decided Gillette is where she needs to be,” said Okeson on the Go Fund Me page. “After her arrival they evaluated her multiple injuries. She has a broken jaw, injured vertebra and spine, broken left leg, multiple breaks in the left foot and significant soft tissue damage on left leg /foot. As of now they are operating on her jaw today, foot/leg Friday and spine on Monday.”

As the twins’ parents, Blaine and Rachel Bakke are staying at the Ronald McDonald house near the Gillette Children’s Hospital, the community back home is saying a collective prayer for the girls and doing what it can to help reach the benefit’s goal of $10,000.

“Any funds raised would go towards any medical expenses not covered by insurance, travel expenses for Rachel and Blaine, medical equipment needed for rehab and any other costs associated with Beth’s recovery,” said a statement on the Go Fund Me page, which can be found under “The Sunshine Girls”.

Paula Quam

Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes and Perham, both in Minnesota.

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