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Maddi Olson was left in a drug-induced coma after a skateboarding accident and remains in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at t...

Murrieta student Maddi Olson still in critical condition from skating accident

Friday, January 17th, 2014
Issue 03, Volume 18.
Bevi Edlund
Staff Writer
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Madison "Maddi" Olson, 15, a Murrieta resident who is in critical condition from a skateboarding accident that took place on Jan. 5, is "still stable and everything has been consistent and calm," according to Autumn Olson, mother of Maddi, who wrote on a blog Sunday, Jan 12.

"The swelling hasnít gone down enough to make changes," her mother wrote on Monday.

Olson suffered traumatic head injuries from the accident. She fractured the back of her skull.

"Her brain has serious injuries and part of her skull has been removed to allow for her brain to heal."

"Prayer matters," said Wendy Murphy, who has been a friend of the family for three years, and whose son once suffered from a brain injury from a skateboarding accident a few years ago. "Itís a positive way of helping out here."

Although her son suffers from complications from the brain injury, "Heís had the opportunity to get better and better," she said. "We know God has something in store for him because it was a miraculous recovery."

"She is an athletic young woman, [this gives her] strength to her survival," Murphy also said.

Local restaurants held fundraisers throughout the week to help with Olsonís medical bills, including the Rogue Restaurant & Speakeasy and the Mill, both located in Murrieta. The Mill, where Olsenís sister Nicole is an employee, donated 15 percent of all sales to the family on Tuesday, Jan. 14.



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