Burleson residents urging family of severely injured teenager to be #KaileyStrong
BURLESON – Many family members, friends and area residents are voicing strong support for Kailey Michelle Tesdahl, a senior Centennial Sparkler who was severely injured and hospitalized Monday, June 5, while en route to her high school graduation ceremony.
Under the hashtag #KaileyStrong, members of this loosely affiliated but growing group are providing the family with moral support and help – ranging from the raising of funds for medical expenses to praying for her in large groups.
Kailey, 18, and her sister Ashley, 22, were among a handful of people injured and sent to area hospitals during a three-vehicle crash at the Intersection of S. Hurst Road and Hidden Creek Parkway at 2:56 p.m. June 5.
Ashley Tesdahl was driving a blue Ford Taurus. Kailey was in the front passenger seat in her cap and gown when the accident occurred, Burleson Police Chief Billy Cordell said.
Ashley Tesdahl was battered and bruised during the accident, but Kailey was rushed to the intensive care unit of John Peter Smith Hospital with a traumatic brain injury, according to family accounts on Facebook.
In an update about her daughter’s condition, Stephanie Schober-Tesdahl said the family is hoping for the best and continuing to strive for her daughter’s recovery.
“So today she has been without sedation all day and has seemed tolerant,” the mother reported Tuesday. “No rapid breathing. Had lots of visitors. They might have to do surgery tomorrow to put a stint in her ureter. Seems that area near the kidney got hit pretty good. Other than that, really no changes. We are still feeling the faith and love. We will not give up on this precious girl.”
According to one account, the June 5 accident has attracted attention from local officials who are pondering major upgrades at the intersection where the accident occurred – such as larger flashing light stop signs, and other speed indicators such as new signs with the red borders and possibly some other significant improvements on the approach to the intersection.
Meanwhile, those who wish to donate to help the Tesdahl family meet medical expenses can drop funds off at First National Bank of Burleson. Deposits in care of Kailey Tesdahl can be made at either 740 SW Wilshire Boulevard or 899 NE Asbury Boulevard. The number to call with any questions is (817) 295-0461.