LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A teen seriously injured when she and another girl were hit by a car is now home from the hospital.
Brianna Boel and her friend, both 14, were attempting to cross the intersection of Hurstbourne Parkway and Linn Station Road around 8 p.m. on June 12 when the incident happened. Brianna is the daughter of WAVE 3 News Sunrise anchor John Boel. According to John, the friend's injuries were not critical, but Brianna suffered a fractured skull, broken leg and broken wrist.
Brianna had been at Kosair Children's Hospital since the accident and underwent several surgeries while admitted. John said his daughter had one surgery to insert rods into her badly broken leg and another to operate on her injured skull and stop her brain from bleeding.
Both of the bones in her leg snapped — a gruesome injury similar to the one University of Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered during the NCAA tournament in April. When Ware found out about Brianna's injuries through social media, he paid her a visit with words of encouragement. He signed her cast with the message, "Pinky Promise. You will be fine."
As the days went on, John and his wife stayed by Brianna's side. By Saturday, things were getting a little better. John made a post on Facebook thanking everyone for the support his family was receiving.
"For every Kevin Ware, there is a sea of tear-filled teachers, coaches, classmates, parents, friends and coworkers—offering to build a wheelchair ramp, mow a lawn, anything," John wrote. "I keep breaking down at how wonderful you people are."
Early the next day, Father's Day, John made a run home to grab a few items and received quite a surprise. Dan Green and George Cronen, friends of the Boel family, were at the Boels' house building a wheelchair ramp in the rain to get the house ready for Brianna's return. It was yet another showing of the care and support the family has received during this difficult time. John said other people have donated a motorized wheelchair for Brianna and built a bed in the downstairs of their home since she will not be able to use stairs for a while.
Doctors cleared Brianna for release Monday night. John said they were able to stop Brianna's fractured skull from bleeding onto her brain and remove a clot. She will be sent to Frazier Rehab Institute on an outpatient basis to deal with her broken wrist and broken bones in her leg.
Before Brianna left the hospital, John said the nurses and doctors at Kosair were wonderful, and he felt lucky to be leaving the hospital with a good prognosis "after seeing the damage to her body and the car." After they got home, John posted the following on his Facebook page: "Five nights ago I drove 450 miles paralyzed with fear. Tonight, I drove Bree home from the hospital, just us in the car. I used to complain about the stations she listens to. Tonight I eagerly turned on her station, finally heard her perk up and hum along with a song, and tears streamed down my face. Seriously one of the happiest moments of my life."
Witnesses told investigators the driver of the car that hit the girls had a green light. No charges are expected to be filed.