Teen impaled by deer still facing procedures after accident

Teen impaled by deer still facing procedures after accident
Winn and her mother, March 2016
Winn the day of the accident (Source: Nikki Winn)
Winn the day of the accident (Source: Nikki Winn)
Winn at Le Bonheur (Source: Nikki Winn)
Winn at Le Bonheur (Source: Nikki Winn)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Over a year and half ago, a Region 8 girl's life was changed after being impaled in the face by deer antlers on Johnson Ave. in Jonesboro.

The accident caused the teen to have several jaw surgeries including wiring her jaw shut.

While she is doing well, there are further complications she now faces.

Paragould teen Tori Winn said she never saw the deer coming and while she is still just thankful to be alive, she is reminded daily of what happened.

You may not recognize Winn on October 8, 2014 compared to now.

She was covered in blood after a deer crossed 4 lanes of traffic and hit her on her driver's side.

The deer went through her window and impaled her face with its antler.

She was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis for treatment.

Winn, determined to get better and back to school, spoke with Region 8 News just a month and a half after the accident.

She was then fully recovered and ready to embark on her bright future.

Now a freshman at Arkansas State University, the accident still lingers daily due to complications with her jaw and dental work.

Winn needs more procedures including two root canals and the removal of one of her canines.

"I feel like I'm learning to accept a new normal of ,you know, it's just another surgery," Winn said.

With more medical bills piling up, Henry's mom, Nikki Winn, created a GoFundMe page.

Henry and Winn said the support has been outstanding.

"No matter how big or small, people come together and they are there for you," Winn said. "I mean, I have a relative that was just recently diagnosed with cancer, and compared to what she is going through, mine seems miniscule, but it doesn't matter, people come together and they help no matter what. It's surprising, and it fills me with hope."

Winn's mother said she does not want her daughter to stress about how they will pay for these upcoming procedures.

While they were hesitant to ask for help, they knew they lived in a great community and that has again been proven.

The goal of $1,200 is nearly met with $1,075 raised in just six days.

Winn said they have received so much support since the day of the accident and they are so thankful for the love everyone is showing their family.

Winn will have her next procedures on March 21.

If you would like to help this Region 8 teen continue her road to recovery click here to view the GoFundMe page.

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