Girl rescued from Carroll Co. well battling brain injuries | News
WHITESBURG, Ga. -- A young girl trapped after falling 50 feet down a well in Carroll County is battling more than broken bones.
Communicating through social media, her mother Melissa Winters said, "Thank you everyone for your continued prayers and support. Megan did really well with surgery on her legs. She's got a great team of doctors, nurses, and surgeons taking good care of her. We still have a long road ahead."
Firefighters say the girl fell head first. She has several broken bones in her face, and her mother says she has a broken arm, hip and leg fractured in three places.
Still, family say Megan is alert and talking. Clearly the fall broke some bones, but not her spirit.
A neighbor says Megan was playing with her sister in their grandparent's backyard along Ivey Road in Whitesburg. The well was covered, but the wood split when Megan jumped on top of it.
She spent about an hour and 10 minutes trapped in the well before Lt. Clay Kierbow with Carroll County Fire and Rescue was lowered down on a hand made pulley to get her out.
Kierbow says even with her injuries, she mustered the strength to help with her rescue.
"Eventually she was able to get her arms out and get in kind of a push up, push her body up just enough so I could reach down with one arm, getting the webbing under her and tie her in," he said.
She was taken via helicopter to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston to be checked out.
Whitesburg is southeast of Carrollton, along the Chattahoochee River in Carroll County.