Tree branch causes brain damage in freak accident - KCTV5

Tree branch causes brain damage in freak accident

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LEAVENWORTH, KS (KCTV) -

Storm cleanup turned into a freak accident for a local woman after a branch pierced through her nose and into her brain.

The twig was attached to a limb, but it had the potential to be much worse.

"They were down to the last branch that they were clearing away. As they were clearing it away, Sara was back away from the tree quite a bit and another branch popped out of basically nowhere,"  said Sara's son-in-law Carl Johnson.

Sara Warren is still at St Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. However, she is expected to make a full recovery.

Johnson says his mother-in-law is a lucky woman. She was clearing the yard Friday after severe storms downed tree limbs all over Leavenworth.

"The doctors did say a half-inch more and she probably wouldn't be with us," Johnson said. "A part of the branch had broken off, gone up through her eye socket, through her sinus cavity up into her skull and hit her brain."

Doctors weren't sure if she'd still be able to smell, but even through her bandages, she was able to smell orange juice Monday morning.

"It was a pretty serious accident, we're all thankful she's still with us," Johnson said.

Johnson said one of the toughest parts of this was breaking the news to his two daughters.

"We explained to them she is in the hospital for at least a week. She's not going to be able to do a lot of fun stuff with them for a little while. She's going to need some time to recover," said Johnson.

The Warrens were in between insurance companies because of a recent job change.

The Sara Warren Benefit Fund has been established at Citizens National Bank in Leavenworth.

Donations may be made to:

Sara Warren Benefit Fund
Citizens National Bank in Leavenworth
601 Delaware
Leavenworth, KS 66048

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