Two-year old injured in freak accident with deer BY PATTY WOOD BARTLE Deer caused a freak accident and injured a dear little one on Sunday, December 14th. Gary and Carrie Giesler, Kulm, ND, were northbound on US 281 13 miles north of Edgeley, according to the LaMoure County Sheriff’s Department, with their three daughters, McKenzie, Madison and Allison in the back seat of their suburban. Neither of them saw the 6 by 6 deer as it came out of the West ditch and ran into the side of their vehicle. It ran into the back door of the suburban and shattered the glass in the door. Two-year old McKenzie was sleeping in her car seat when she was showered with the glass. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Carrie commented the impact sounded like an explosion and she thought they had been hit by another vehicle. Gary realized they had been hit by a deer. After the vehicle had been stopped, both parents rushed to McKenzie’s aid. Carrie frantically began waving her arms to signal other drivers for help. She said several vehicles passed by but none stopped. She said they tried to call for help but because they were in a low spot they did not have cell phone signal. They felt they could not continue driving with a shattered window in winter weather and a five month old daughter in the vehicle. There only option was to wait for a passing motorist to stop. Minutes passed. A young college girl from Bismarck, southbound and returning to Aberdeen for school stopped. Danielle Berhardt’s back seat was filled with laundry baskets and she offered clean towels. She also offered to take Carrie and injured two-year old McKenzie to Jamestown Hospital. Shortly after they were on their way Carrie was able to use her cell phone to call 911 and ask ND Highway Patrol to meet them and transport them to Jamestown Hospital. They transferred to a NDHP vehicle about 15 miles out of Jamestown and the trooper alerted Jamestown Hospital that they were bringing a child in, with head injuries. They arrived at the hospital about 4:00 p.m. After tests were done at the hospital a surgeon was called in to repair the wound. It was then that he noticed blood in McKenzie’s ear. That can be an indication of head trauma. He used a few stitches to stabilize the gaping wound and then McKenzie was transported by ambulance to MeritCare in Fargo. At midnight Sunday, McKenzie saw the neurosurgeon. She was in surgery until 2:30 a.m. Dr. Menndez repaired a skull fracture, removed bone fragments and used titanium mesh. When Dr. Menndez spoke with the parents at 2:30 a.m. he told them it was a miracle that McKenzie had lived because the damage to her head had only missed a main artery by a hair. On Monday, December 15th the doctors were stilled troubled with McKenzie’s status. She was not alert and did not recognize her mom or dad. She remained in an unconscious state. She did not have movement of her hands or feet. But at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 16th McKenzie opened her eyes and recognized her mom and dad. Her first words were "I want to go home." Late Tuesday night Gary reported that McKenzie was able to move her hands and feet. Doctors continue to have concern about infection. She has been placed on some medications to reduce brain swelling, prevent seizures and prevent infection. Visitors are restricted to family and pastors. At this time it is not known when McKenzie and her family will return home. Your prayers are welcomed and appreciated. Carrie is in shock that her young daughter has suffered such trauma because of a four-legged deer. Gary feels strongly that something must be done to control the deer population in North Dakota. Certainly this story illustrates a tragic incident. But it is one of several. Each week law enforcement is called to the scene of deer and motor vehicle accidents. Update anyone???