September 7, 2013

Prayers still needed

9-year-old home, expected to fully recover

Rachel Brown

— The little girl who spent several days in a Chattanooga hospital with broken bones, lacerated organs and a collapsed lung from an automobile wreck is expected to fully recover, a family member said.

Katie Wimpey, 9, was injured in a wreck on Beaverdale Road on Aug. 21 that killed her mother, Christy Lynn Wimpey. Investigators said Christy Wimpey apparently ran a stop sign at Boyles Mill Road and crossed into the path of a commercial dump truck.

Katie’s grandmother, Debby Clark, said her granddaughter is now expected to make a full recovery, but for now she is in a wheelchair trying to heal from a fractured collarbone, arm, pelvis and ribs. Katie had been hospitalized at The Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. She came home Saturday night.

Clark said Katie will have visits with her orthopedic doctor who will talk with her about when she’ll return to Beaverdale Elementary School where she is a student.

Clark said the family can still use everyone’s prayers and support, but she continues to look to God who she said has been “wonderful through it all” and will no doubt continue to be.

An account has been set up at a local bank to benefit Katie. The account for medical and other necessary expenses is at First Bank of Dalton. Those wishing to make a donation can do so at any of the bank’s branches in the area.