Two La Vista teens were injured in a New Year’s Day sledding accident at La Vista Junior High.
Valarie Potter and Hanna Christensen were sledding down the hill on the north side of the school when their sled went under the fence. They ended up near a structure on the track.
Potter, a student at Papillion-La Vista High School, was taken to Creighton University Medical Center with two broken legs and a damaged vein, said Andrea Augeri, Potter’s aunt.
Augeri’s father took the teenagers sledding at the junior high school.
“He said they went down the hill on the sled and he thought they were laughing and had a good time,” Augeri said. “He realized Valarie was on the other side of the fence and had gone completely underneath.”
Since the accident, Potter has undergone four surgeries and will have to undergo two more, Augeri said.
Potter will be in a wheelchair for three months before spending another three months in intensive therapy and sixth months in physical therapy.
“It’s going to be a day-by-day thing,” Augeri said. “It’s a very tragic thing that you would never think would happen sledding.”
Papillion-La Vista School District spokeswoman Annette Eyman said schools are often used for sledding.
School grounds are public property and are commonly used neighborhood playgrounds after school and when school isn’t in session, she said.
An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to help with Potter’s medical expenses. Donations can be made at Wells Fargo Bank locations to “Valarie Renee Donations.”
Family and friends are also planning a spaghetti fundraiser at the end of January to help with medical expenses. Details will be posted on Facebook.