Steamboat Springs Molly Look may return home this week, but it could be six months before her doctors and family know what the ultimate result of the 3-year-old's frightening exposure to sub-zero temperatures will be.
Molly has spent the past week at Denver Children's Hospital after being airlifted from Yampa Valley Medical Center on Jan. 17. Molly is thought to have wandered from her home one morning last week and was found sitting on a snowbank by a passerby.
She is being treated for hypothermia and frostbite, and it's still unclear whether she'll lose any digits or appendages as a result of the incident.
"After talking to Delbert, it seems like they won't know what's going on until June or July," said Kevin Kaminski, a Steamboat Springs resident and friend of Molly's parents, Del and Yvette Look. "I guess the doctors say 'Freeze in January, thaw and decide in July.' They give those nerve endings a long time to heal."
Kaminski recently visited the Looks in Denver.
Del and Yvette Look have declined to speak with the media about their daughter's condition or allow the hospital to release the girl's condition.
"They're doing how any family would be doing," Kaminski said. "They're tired and stressed out from the whole thing."
Molly's hands and feet are bandaged, but she is otherwise doing OK, Kaminski said.
"There's no doubt about it - she's in pain," he said.
The Look family hopes to bring their daughter home sometime this week, he said.
Carl Lopatin, technical director for Alpine Taxi, said one of Alpine Taxi's most highly regarded drivers, Bob Printy, is one of Molly's grandparents.
"He's been very upset about this," Lopatin said. "The owners of Alpine Taxi have been generous enough to try to help the family out as much as possible."
Alpine Taxi has agreed to match any funds, up to $5,000, donated Feb. 1 in Molly's name.
How to help
Donations for Molly Look's medical expenses may be made to the "Molly Look Fund" at any Mountain Valley Bank branch. Donation jars also have been set up at all North Routt County businesses.
Alpine Taxi is accepting donations for Molly Look on Feb. 1. The company will match any donated funds, up to $5,000. Cash or check donations will be accepted at Alpine Taxi's barn at 1755 Lincoln Ave. For more information, call 879-2800, ext. 315.
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