Autopsy planned for Wichita teen killed on ski trip
The Latest on a 15-year-old Wichita girl who died after a skiing accident in Colorado (all times local):
10:25 p.m./Associated Press
An autopsy is planned for a Kansas teenager who died after a serious accident at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
The Summit Daily reports 15-year-old Tess Smith, a sophomore at Wichita Northwest High School, was skiing for the first time and was not wearing a helmet when she broke her leg Friday.
An autopsy is planned for Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the latest post from a family friend states that Tess Smith's organs were donated to those in need today.
"She is being prepared for surgery so she can be a miracle to others and provide her organs to those in need. While we know our Tess has been gone since Sunday evening, her body has been kept alive in order for her to be able to save the lives of others," a post revealed.
An online fund for the teen's family has raised nearly $18,000, surpassing a goal of $12,000.
Funeral arrangements have not been released.
A Wichita teen has died following a skiing accident over the weekend in Colorado.
Tess Smith, a sophomore at Wichita Northwest High School, broke her leg in Breckenridge on Friday. She later became unresponsive.
An online fund for the teen's family has raised more than $14,200, surpassing a goal of $12,000.
"We absolutely do not want them to have to carry this burden on top of losing their precious daughter," the crater of the fund said at last update. "Please continue to share and donate as the amount that will be needed will continue to rise for medical costs, transportation for Tess and the beautiful services they will be having for her in the coming days. The Smith family sincerely thanks each and every one of you."
Tess' family chose for her to be an organ donor.
Counselors have been available to students and staff at the high school where Smith attended school and was on the junior varsity volleyball team last year.
"It's tragic. No one expects someone this young to leave us this early," said Assistant Principal Walter Givens, Jr.
Givens said this is the second tragic death of a student this academic year. In July, 17-year-old Dalton Houle died in a car crash coming back from Colorado.
A Wichita teen who was unresponsive following a skiing accident is being prepared for organ donation, in accordance with her family's wishes.
Tess Smith, a sophomore at Wichita Northwest High School, was taken to a hospital in Aurora following the accident. The latest update to an online fund states that doctors are preparing the 15-year-old to donate her organs.
"Pray for the doctors as they prepare Tess to be able to save the lives of up to 8 people, as her family chose for her to be an organ donor," the GoFundMe page says in an update written by a family friend.
As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, the online fund has raised more than $13,000.
USD 259 spokesperson Susan Arensman said support staff will be at Northwest High School on Monday for students and faculty.
9:54 p.m. Sunday
A sophomore at Wichita Northwest High School is clinging to life in a Colorado hospital. Tess Smith was involved in a skiing mishap in Colorado.
According to a GoFundMe page set by a family friend, Tess Smith is unresponsive. She's currently being treated at the Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, and the Smith family has joined their daughter there.
Staci Marshall, the mother of Smith's best friend, told KAKE News Sunday night about the teen's infectious smile and the fight she has ahead of her.
"I think everybody needs to know that this girl has a lot of fight left in her, and she has a lot of life left to live. The prayers are amazing; we just need to keep praying and praying. We want her back," said Marshall.
Marshall added the response to the GoFundMe page has been amazing. A $5,000 goal was met Sunday in only a few hours, and an expanded $7,000 goal was matched Sunday night. The money will go toward medical expenses. Click here for the GoFundMe page to support Smith.