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ELC fifth graders help one of their own

Classmates raise funds to help Jayda Hinrichsen

December 7, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

Sometimes bad things happen to good people.

But just watch how good people respond to bad happenings.

After learning how classmate Jayda Hinrichsen may lose an eye, Estherville Lincoln Central fifth graders rallied to help.

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The Estherville Lincoln Central fifth graders held a couple bake sales to raise money to help classmate Jayda Hinrichsen and her family after her eye was injured. She is on the right with her dad Chris Hinrichsen and mom Jennie Schultz.
EDN photo by David Swartz

They organized and held two bake sales to raise money to help her.

On Friday, the class presented her with a check for $393.58.

Jayda's story is a cautionary tale about throwing rocks.

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She along with sister Kendra and friend Jaelyn Johnson along with dad Chris Hinrichs were walking through Fort Defiance.

In a freak accident, a rock hit Jayda in the eye.

They called 911 and dad picked up Jayda and began to exit the park.

But he took a wrong turn and got lost.

Finally, he headed up a steep hill and halfway up Jayda said, "It doesn't hurt. You know I can walk dad."

Eventually medical personnel and the family connected. The ambulance took Jayda to Avera Holy Family and she and her dad were then life-flighted to McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

The eye required around 30 stitches.

At one point during that time in Sioux Falls, Jayda told her dad to stop crying and that it was an accident.

Then she said, "God wouldn't do this if he knew I couldn't handle it."

Meanwhile, the surgeon at McKennan sat the family down and told them that if it was his daughter, he'd remove the eye-but not there and he set up an appointment in Rochester, Minn.

However, at that appointment the family received some good news as the doctor believes the eye can be saved.

Currently she is wearing a patch and all are waiting for the eye to clear up. I

"Its full of blood and fluid," said Chris.

Meanwhile Chris said his fellow employees passed the hat and donated a "good chunk of change" to help the family with expenses.

Also an account has been sent up at Employees Credit Union in Estherville for anyone who wants to help.



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