Victim of State Fair tragedy fights for her life

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One of the people injured in Saturday’s stage collapse is still in critical condition at IU Methodist Hospital.

Friends say 22-year-old Jenny Haskell’s injuries are severe, and she has not woken up since the stage came crashing down onto her.

However, her friends say they have to stay strong for Jenny, after already losing a friend in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

Jenny was standing next to Alina BigJohny at the concert Saturday.  Alina died from injuries sustained in the collapse.

Now friends of both young women say they are fighting through their grief to support Jenny and her family.

Kayla Sollars feels shared pain for her two friends with two different outcomes.  She says she is holding on to hope for Jenny’s recovery. Jenny’s close friends said doctors told them Jenny’s injuries are about an eight out of 10 on the severity scale.

Jenny was standing next to Alina during the Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair, before the stage came crashing down.  Emergency crews rushed Jenny to Methodist Hospital in critical condition.

Jenny suffered multiple fractures, including to her pelvis. She also has unstable blood pressure and swelling to her brain.

On Tuesday, her family updated nearly 3,000 supporters through a website stating:

“Good morning friends and family. We had a tough day, but we are well past 48 hours and Jenny is still fighting! Please continue to pray. We know God is great and we believe all things are possible. We are very humbled by your ongoing support.”

Those close to Jenny describe her as light-hearted, full of laughter and a dedicated friend.  Jenny is a senior at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., studying sports medicine.

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