Healing for Onna


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Arionna "Onna" Matteson

Arionna’s Story
On Friday, September 29th an accident/incident occurred resulting in Arionna "Onna" sustaining severe burns.

Onna was flown via life flight, from the Menahga football field, to Hennepin County Trauma Center (HCMC) and was admitted to the burn unit.

Onna was awake and alert from the time of the incident up until the emergency unit at HCMC, where the emergency burn team intubated her and gave her sedation medication to relieve her of the pain. Onna was then placed into a medically induced coma.

Upon evaluation Onna was found to have severe burns on at least 75% of her body. As burns go, they can get worse in the first 36 hours, Onna was reevaluated and they were assessed as 3rd degree.

Onna was on life support for the first few days due to her heart racing and her blood pressure dropping. Onna was kept "comfortable" throughout the weekend.

On Monday, October 3rd Onna was brought into the operating room for surgery. During her 4.5 hour surgery, the surgeons worked on cleaning up the burns and they removed the burnt skin from Onna's legs, shoulders, and torso (back, chest, abdomen). The surgeons placed integra (shark skin) on the places they cleaned up and that will act as a barrier to her open wounds as the skin underneath tries to regrow (it will not stay on her). Arionna was able to rest peacefully throughout the night.

On Tuesday, October 3rd our stubborn girl was a bit uncomfortable and agitated. During a linen change she pulled her tubes from her mouth. Her nurse and 2 nursing assistants were with her and they paged for the medical team. They were able to re-intubate her and help her to be more comfortable with medication. She has been stable and resting peacefully ever since.

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/onna
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Organizer and beneficiary

Carrie Johnson- Robbins 
Organizer
Menahga, MN
Jennifer Rose Phillips 
Beneficiary
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