Montabella teen continues to recover from accident

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:22 am on Thursday, April 24, 2014

EDMORE — A local teenager continues to recover after being involved in a serious accident one week ago today.

Tifennie Haddix, 17, is a senior at Montabella High School. She was driving to school around 8:30 a.m. last Thursday, when she lost control of her Jeep and crashed into a tree at North Sheridan Road and East Edgar Road between Belvidere Township and Home Township. Multiple agencies responded to the scene to extricate Haddix from her vehicle.

Tifennie Haddix, 17, is pictured on her Facebook profile. She was involved in an accident while on her way to school Thursday, losing control of her Jeep and crashing into a tree. — Courtesy photo

Haddix remains at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

According to an online care page, Haddix lost a lot of blood while trapped inside her Jeep. She broke both of her femurs, the tibia in her left leg, her left foot and ankle and several ribs on both sides of her chest. She also has a punctured lung, head and chest trauma and lacerations on both hands, as well as a fractured left hand.

Although she is heavily sedated, Haddix has opened her eyes and responded to questions by wiggling her fingers and toes several times. She underwent surgery on both legs and now has rods in each leg. Blood clots were also found and removed from her injured lungs.

Shawnna Ripley and Brittney Sadler, both 18 and both seniors at Montabella High School, have organized a fundraiser to help Haddix and her family with medical bills. The group is going to sell T-shirts and rubber bracelets and they are also collecting pop cans.

Anyone who wants to participate in the community fundraiser can drop off pop cans or donations at Sadler’s Great Outdoors on M-46 in Six Lakes, which is owned by Sadler’s parents, Jamey and Lori Sadler, as well as at the Edmore IGA and Jorgensen’s. Donations can also be left at Isabella Bank.

“She’s stable and improving every day,” said Lori Sadler of Haddix. “It was a bad wreck, it was horrific.”

Lori Salder says the pole barn at her business is already full of pop cans donated by local residents.

“The communities and neighboring towns are all helping out so much, it’s just wonderful to see,” she said.

Call Sadler’s Great Outdoors in Six Lakes at (989) 365-9559 for more information about the community fundraiser for Haddix.

A community prayer service for Haddix has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church at 8400 Derry Road in Vestaburg.

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