Laird still in serious condition

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Soroco High School student Danielle Laird, 17, of Hayden, remained in serious condition Wednesday at Denver Health Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Danielle Laird suffered multiple injuries Feb. 17 when her Jeep Cherokee slid on a patch of ice on Routt County Road 27 and collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer.

She underwent surgery Tuesday for her most serious injuries, which included a broken pelvis, a broken jaw and missing teeth, said her mother, Lori Laird.

"The surgeon said the surgery went well, but her injuries were more serious than they thought," Lori Laird said, noting that there were some complications during the surgery.

Danielle was in serious condition in the pediatric intensive care unit after the operation.

"They said she's come through good and strong," her mother said.

Danielle Laird is a senior at Soroco High School. She transferred there from Hayden High School last fall.

She was on her way to school when the accident occurred on an "S" curve about seven miles south of U.S. Highway 40. The driver of the tractor-trailer was returning from a delivery at Twentymile coal mine and tried to avoid Danielle Laird's car, according to a report from the Colorado State Patrol.

She will remain in the hospital for at least a week. Afterward, she will need to be in a wheelchair and likely will undergo rehabilitative therapy at the Doak Walker Care Center, Lori Laird said.

Cards and balloons for Danielle Laird may be sent to Denver Health Medical Center, 777 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80204-4507. The hospital asks that no flowers be sent to the pediatric intensive care unit.

A Danielle Laird fund has been set up at First National Bank of the Rockies in Hayden to help with medical, hotel and other expenses related to her injuries.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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