2 of 3 girls released from hospital after Greene County Ferris wheel accident

6-year-old girl's condition improving after Ferris wheel fall

WATE 6 On Your Side staff - UPDATE Friday, 5 p.m.

Briley Reynolds, 6, has been upgraded to serious condition from critical condition. Her mother says she is off the ventilator and breathing on her own. She was also able to speak, telling her mother her head hurts. Kimmee Reynolds says Briley still has pneumonia, but is thankful her daughter is improving.


GREENEVILLE (WATE) - Niswonger Children's Hospital said one of the girls that was injured falling from a Ferris wheel at the Greene County Fair has been released from the hospital.

Charity, 16, left the hospital Thursday. Two sisters, Kayla, 10, and Briley, 6, were also injured when police said the Ferris wheel's basket flipped over causing causing them to fall around 40 feet to the ground.

Kayla and Briley's mother, Kimmee Reynolds, said Kayla was also released from the hospital on Thursday. However, the hospital said Briley still remains in critical condition.

"She was intubated at the scene by EMS, brought to the trauma center here and evaluated. She does have a traumatic brain injury," said Dr. Burns. He said staff at the Niswonger Children's Hospital are monitoring the girl's condition.

A family friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses and other needs the Reynolds family may have.

Classmates show support for accident victims

It is only the fifth day of school at Highland Elementary. While hearts are hurting, the school said they are trying to make sure the girls that were injured know how much they are loved.

"We Facetimed right after lunch today and all the students gathered together, we called her and they were able to say 'hey how are you? We miss you.' They were really excited, Kayla was really excited to see the kids. Her face just lit up and it was good for the kids because it reassured them Kayla is doing well and that she's going to be coming back soon," said Fifth grade teacher Ashley Lommel.

Lommel said she had something planned for class, but her fifth grade students said they were concerned about the girls, so classmates put together care packages packed with snacks, coloring books and handmade cards. Briley's class of first graders is also doing well.

"We're talking with kids on an individual basis. We're not bringing it up. If they want to talk about it on an individual basis because you know children from first grade to fifth grade they deal with things differently," said Principal Brenda Ottinger. "There are many things in life you can't prepare for, but you deal with it the best you can."

Teachers said Kayla is bubbly and always making other kids laugh and smile and Briley is a sweet, precious little girl. Ottinger said the school is praying and counting down the days until Kayla and Briley are back in class.

A Go Fund Me account on behalf of the girls to help pay for hospital bills. If you would like to donate visit the page here.

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