Hillsboro woman recovering from Wichita car accident

Marilyn Jost, 74, of Hillsboro, is in stable condition following a two-vehicle accident in Wichita Dec. 27.

According son Todd, Jost sustained multiple injuries and was in the intensive care unit at St. Francis-Via Christi Hospital in Wichita until Monday, when she was transferred to Hillsboro Community Hospital to continue her recovery.

The accident happened about 9:30 a.m. at Kansas Highway 96 and West Street.

Jost was traveling west and a grain truck filled with construction debris was driving south, Todd said. As his mother entered the intersection, her 1997 Grand Marquis was struck on the driver?s side, crushing the frame.

He said his mother suffered a broken cheek bone, broken collar bone, 10 broken ribs, two pelvis fractures, sacrum crack? which is the triangular bone at the base of the spine?and a partially collapsed lung, all on the left side of her body.

On the right side, Todd said she suffered a broken ankle on both bones and a broken wrist.

?She did have a brain hematoma, but it stabilized by the second day and there is no neurological damage,? he said.

Physicians at the Wichita hospital told family members the initial recovery will take at least eight weeks, followed by rehabilitation, before she will be able to return home.

Also in the car was Todd?s daughter, Sonja, 12, who was accompanying her grandmother on the shopping trip. Sonja suffered some bruising, but no extensive injuries, he said.

Todd said his mother would enjoy visitors, but because she has a lot of healing still to do, he asks that friends keep visits short.

He said well wishes can be mailed to Hillsboro Community Hospital, 701 S. Main St, Hills?boro, KS 67063.

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