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Kristen Caldon O'Neill's River Accident Recovery

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Kristen Caldon-O’Neill Severely Injured (compiled from news sources)
  • "Kristen, thank you to you and Liam for your heroic actions on our boat trip. You and Liam truly saved many lives with your swift decisions and execution. You are a hero." Chris Russo
An emergency call received at Grand Canyon National Park 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2021, reported a flash flood had swept through a group of 30 people on a commercial raft trip at Tatahatso Camp, about 38 miles from Lees Ferry where the trip launched. The camp is located about 1/4 mile downstream from Tatahatso Wash. The flood was not in the mainstem Colorado River or from Tatahatso Wash, but came over the rim above camp during a severe downpour sweeping with it much debris.
While helping rush passengers to the boats, Kristen was stuck on the back and pelvis by a boulder swept down by the waterfall, resulting in an anguished night awaiting rescue.
A rescue helicopter attempted to land three times during the storm before successfully landing paramedics to treat the injured. The storm's severity limited further search and rescue operations. One patient in critical condition (Kristen) was med evac-ed at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, and four others were evacuated by air later in the day.
One passenger reported missing, Rebecca Copeland, 29, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was found dead Thursday.
A second missing person was found uninjured Thursday morning near Tatahatso Camp.

Kristen's Major Injuries include:
--loss of her left kidney
--crushed pelvis (broken in three places)
--multiple broken ribs (including one completely detached)
--blunt thoracic trauma
--pulmonary contusions
--pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in lung arteries blocking blood flow to parts of the lung)
--deep vein thrombosis (legs)  
--Internal bleeding (She had drains in her chest and hip due to internal bleeding, and had a blood transfusion to replace lost fluid)

Thursday, July 15 surgeons bolted part of her pelvis together
Monday July 19, surgeons implanted titanium plates to knit her shattered ribs
Monday July 19, surgeons bolted another part of her pelvis break

She is in more than a lot of pain, the only thing that seems to work right now is a repeated epidural.

She will be in FMC for awhile, and if all goes well, will be transferred to a rehab center for at least 4 weeks, in a wheelchair for two months, and will spend months more becoming mobile again.

Any funds raised go directly to Kristin and the costs involved in healing from this tragic accident. I have no idea what that amount will be. The former link to this site should still work.
xo Greer

You will notice this statement on the Donations Page: Previous Donations $16,398 (Offline). It's a long story of computers and what their programming will allow, but suffice it to say, here are the first five days of donors (I sure like that anonymous person!). If I left you out or mis-typed something, please let me know. And THANK YOU!

Anonymous donated $200
Anonymous donated $20
Anonymous donated $75
Anonymous donated $100
Anonymous donated $50
Anonymous donated $100
Anonymous donated $100
Anonymous donated $100
Anonymous donated $10
Anonymous donated $20
Anonymous donated $50
Anonymous donated $50
Anonymous donated $20
Anonymous donated $100
Anonymous donated $100
Anonymous donated $200
Anonymous donated $250
Anonymous donated $100
Anonymous donated $100
Anonymous donated $50
Anonymous donated $25
Anonymous donated $50

Karen Jacklich donated $50
Karren Brown donated $25
Katharine Bransford donated $20
Katherine Proctor donated $100
Kathleen Barry donated $125
Kathleen Birch donated $10
Kathleen Koopman donated $100
    Kristen, I met you on a rafting trip several years ago, it was one of the most adventurous things I have ever done! I was so impressed
   with your courage, vivacity and abilities! Never will forget. Much love and blessings to you for healing
Kathleen Ryan donated $50
Kathleen Wood donated $50
Kathleen Wood donated $50
Kathryn Cooney donated $50
Kelly Wright donated $25
Ki Daehler donated $100
Kim Fawcett donated $100
Kimberly Sekukski donated $100
Abby Hudson donated $50
Agatha Janissen donated $100
Alexandra Brinkerhoff donated $100
Alicia Wright donated $100
Alicyn Gitlin donated $20
Andrew Holycross donated $100
Anna Kawski donated $100
Annie and Ken Phillips donated $200
   Sending love and wishes for speedy healing ❤️
Anya Metcalfe donated $25
Laura Shearin donated $50
Laurie Parish Dyer donated $200
Leslie Baker donated $50
Linda Popelka donated $40
Lisa Urnaitis donated $20·2 d
Lori Major donated $100
Lori Major donated $100
Lucca Criminale donated $100
Barbara Tucker donated $200
Bethany Peterson donated $75
Bob Wojtalik donated $100
Brian Hinds donated $40
Bruce Jones donated $25
Maria Richards donated $30
Mark Sell donated $50
Mary C Williams donated $50
Mary L Moulton donated $25
Mary Q. Adkisson donated $25
Megan Treece donated $50
Melissa McMaster donated $100
Michael Coronella donated $100
Michaela Twarog donated $100
Carolyn Schuster donated $15
Carolyn Young donated $100
Chad Tucker donated $300
Chelsea Atwater donated $50
Chelsea Thomas donated $50
Chris Brothers donated $100
Chris Rauzi donated $20
Chris Russo donated $300
   Kristin, thank you to you and Liam for your heroic actions on our boat trip. You and Liam truly saved many lives with your swift decisions    and execution. You are a hero.
Christina Callicott donated $20
Christopher Benson donated $200
Christopher Forsyth donated $500
Cindy Appel donated $50
Claire Fuller donated $100
Clare Magneson donated $200
Cynthia a Foley donated $100
Nancy Redfern donated $100
Nancy Sendler donated $25
Ned Bryant donated $100
Owen Ludwig donated $100
Peter and Zaira Reznick donated $100
Phil Sgamma donated $50
Phyllis Hogan donated $200
Rachel Heydorn donated $100
Randal Fox donated $100
Rebecca Diehl donated $100
Robert French donated $25
Robert Hallett donated $200
Dakota Copeland donated $50
Dan Turner donated $25Hang in there!
David B. Carrothers donated $25
David Zickl donated $100
DeeAnn Tracy donated $50
Denice Napoletano donated $150
Dirk Pratley donated $200
Donna McCready donated $500
Dudley Friskopp donated $100
Sandra Tann donated $150
Scott Frost donated $200
Scott McKell donated $100
Sharon Hester donated $200❤️
Shawn Skabelund donated $100
Sheila Anders donated $50
Shelly Stearns donated $100
Sheri Hughes donated $25
Sierra Hartman donated $25
Sindri Azpeitia donated $100
Starla Clarke donated $100
Stefanie Wessel donated $100·2 d
Steve Scearce donated $40
Steven Klefstad donated $100
Susan Lowry donated $100
Elisabeth Kirkwood donated $300
    A friend of Colter’s is a friend worth helping out. Stay strong out there. Sending good healing vibes from CA
Elizabeth Aurnou donated $200
Elizabeth Choy Myers donated $100
    I was on a river trip a few years ago with Liam as an assistant. My husband is Lynn Myers. Azra river guide retired. Liam spoke of you
  often. Please get better.
Elizabeth Harter donated $100
Ellen Brennan donated $50
    Kristen, I am thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery.
Emily Ambrose donated $100
Emily Dale donated $100
Emily Omana donated $50
Emily Thompson donated $75
Erin Brugler donated $100
Etsuko and Matthias Kawski donated $300
Gerald M Huffman Jr donated $25
Gina Dazzo donated $20
Taylor and Kelly Carlin donated $100
Terri Merz donated $50
Theresa Ellis donated $100
Thomas Hoctor donated $20
Thomas Phelan donated $100
Timothy and Kathryn Quigley donated $200
Tom Olsen donated $200
Tracy Pinnella donated $300
Tyler Sell donated $100
Henry Karpinski donated $100
Howie Hearn donated $75
Vincent Coley donated $50
Jacqueline Hartman donated $50
Jake Coggin donated $100
Jason Hasenbank donated $100
   Godspeed Kristen and Liam!
Jason Mackelprang donated $100
Jeff Whitacre donated $200
Jennifer Hamilton donated $100
Jennifer Robinson donated $400
Jerry Cox donated $100
Jessica Pope donated $100
Jill Holbert donated $100
Jim Knaup donated $50
Jimelia Talasyousiea donated $25
Joan Fryxell donated $50
Joel Dugdale donated $50
John Vonk donated $50
Joni Badley donated $200
Joseph Bennion donated $60
Joseph Tinsley donated $250
Julia McCullough donated $50
Julie A Sullivan donated $50
Julie Mitravich donated $100
Julie Schleck donated $50
Wendy Gontram donated $100
William O Sivitz donated $50
William Vernieu donated $50


  • Laura Kindig Temali
    • $80 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous
    • $60 
    • 1 mo
  • Susan G Drinker
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Donna McCready
    • $300 
    • 2 mos
  • Catherine Conner
    • $50 
    • 2 mos

Organizer and beneficiary

Greer Chesher
Rockville, UT
Kristen ONeill

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