An 11-year-old girl who was severely injured during the Waukesha Christmas parade begged her doctors to save her.
Jessalyn Torres, 11, is one of the dozens of performs who sustained severe injuries after an SUV driver plowed through the crowd at high speeds on Sunday.
After the horrific attack, it has come to light that the young girl was left fighting for her life after losing a kidney and suffering a broken pelvis and lungs lacerations.
While receiving emergency treatment at Children’s Wisconsin, Jessalyn pleaded with her doctors to “glue her back together.”
“Even when I spoke to her this morning on the phone, she said to me, ‘Tell them to just glue me back together,’” the 11-year-old’s uncle, Ryan Kohnke, said in an interview with The Sun.
As the uncle added, his niece “will fight no matter what” even though she had suffered a direct impact from the car.
At the time of the incident, Kohnke was attending the parade together with his two children to cheer for little Jessalyn.
“After I watched the guy barrel through, police trying to stop him, I knew my family was down there,” he recalled.
“I grabbed my two children and we ran down there, I’m a veteran myself and it was like a war zone. There were bodies all over, people were just trying to help as much as they could. I just wanted to get the younger kids out of there so that’s what I did.”
Following the Waukesha carnage, Jessalyn’s family started a GoFundMe page to help the girl’s mother pay for her medical bills.
“This girl, along with all my other children, they are my world. Trying to stay strong is not even close to what the last 30+ hours have been for me. No child or parent should have to endure this amount pain and suffering,” Jessalyn’s mom, Amber, wrote on the page.
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