Laird to return home soon

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Soroco High School student Danielle Laird, 17, of Hayden, is expected to be released from Denver Health Medical Center by the end of the week, said her mother, Lori Laird.

Danielle Laird suffered serious injuries Feb. 17 when her car skidded on a patch of ice on Routt County Road 27 and hit an oncoming tractor-trailer.

She underwent surgery last week for a broken jaw, a broken pelvis and other injuries. She has been released from the intensive care unit at the hospital and was in fair condition Tuesday, hospital spokeswoman Lynn Ercolani said.

"She's doing really well," Lori Laird said, noting Danielle is able to move from her hospital bed to a wheelchair.

Danielle Laird will spend about three months in a wheelchair to keep weight off her pelvis and legs. She likely will need to recuperate at home for two to three weeks before returning to school, her mother said.

"She's in pretty good spirits. ... She's wanting to get back home and to school," Lori Laird said. "She's bored."

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

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

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