Agnes Valle Falls rockslide victim Gracie Johnson recovering from multiple fractures
Last Updated: 65 days ago
CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. - The 13-year-old sole survivor of rockslide in Chaffee County on Monday is recovering from multiple fractures.
The rockslide, at Agnes Vaille Falls, killed Dwayne Johnson, 46; his wife Dawna Johnson, 45; and their daughter, Kiowa-Rain Johnson, 18, all of Buena Vista. Also killed were Dawna's nephews, 10-year-old Baigen Walker and 22-year-old Paris Walkup, who were visiting from Birch Tree, Missouri.
The lone survivor, Gracie Johnson, said her father shielded her with his body when boulders the size of cars tumbled down the cliff, causing a rock slide several football fields long.
A deputy found Gracie in the slide. Rescuers got her to the trailhead and she was taken by Flight for Life helicopter to Children's Hospital in Aurora.
Initial reports said Gracie was hospitalized with a broken leg.
The Johnson's family church, Cornerstone Church Buena Vista, said Gracie had surgery Monday to stop internal bleeding.
Tuesday, she had surgery again.
"...she was taken back into surgery to begin the long process of rebuilding multiple fractures throughout the whole length of her body," the church wrote on its website.
Gracie's older brother, Dakota Johnson, and her grandmother and uncle are with her as she recovers.
A memorial service for the family will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Buena Vista High School P.E. Complex.
The fund has been set up to help the Johnson family: http://www.johnsonfamilyfund.com/
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