An Iowa woman is recovering after a serious diving accident

An Iowa woman is recovering after a serious diving accident

                                        After KCCI, EIGHT NEWS ON SIX, ONLY ON KCCI AND ALGONA.  A woman needs your help After a devastating accident in a crystal clear lake on her 30th birthday, Jessica Olson took a dip in the water with her friend.  She injured her spine and was immediately paralyzed after surgery.  She is in Colorado with her husband and two young children, recovering from the accident.  As a nurse, Jess says she's learned that it's a much different time when you're receiving care rather than providing it.  The next thing I remember is I was lying in the water with my eyes open and I couldn't move and I was staring at the bottom of the lake.  And in the water I knew I was paralyzed.  I knew I couldn't feel anything, do anything.  And the patient on the other hand, it's a lot harder than being a nurse, that's for sure.  This has been really hard.  But it made me realize a lot and made me realize that I am not as independent as I thought it was and it was very heartbreaking for her husband and young children.  Now, Jessica and TJ hope to be back in Iowa by Christmas, but they have a long recovery ahead of them.  Her community has planned a free donation meal and silent auction for them.  Someday.  17th at the Columbia Events Center.  We have details for that and a
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                The Algona community rallies around a woman and her family after a serious diving accident.  According to a GoFundMe page, Jessica Olsen was celebrating her 30th birthday at Clear Lake on July 20 when the diving accident occurred.  She suffered a teardrop fracture of C5 that left her paralyzed.  "The next thing I remember is I was lying in the water with my eyes open, and I couldn't move. I was like staring at the bottom of the lake," Olsen said.  "I knew in the water I was paralyzed. I knew I couldn't feel anything, or do anything."  Olsen is receiving treatment at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Colorado, where she is recovering and regaining movement in her body.  Her husband, TJ, and her two sons are with her.  She is expected to remain in hospital for at least four months before returning home.  As a nurse, Olsen said she has learned that it's different when she receives care instead of providing it.  "Much harder than being a nurse, that's for sure. It was very difficult, but it made me realize a lot and made me realize that I'm not as independent as I thought I was," Olsen said. GoFundMe page The fundraising event is being held at the Columbia Events Center at 1505 E. St. Walnut in Algona on Sunday, Sept. 17. From 2 to 5 p.m. The event will include a free donation meal and a silent auction. 


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                <strong class="dateline">Algona, Iowa —</strong>                                            The Algona community rallies around a woman and her family after a serious diving accident. 

According to a GoFundMe page, Jessica Olsen was celebrating her 30th birthday at Clear Lake on July 20 when the diving accident occurred. She suffered a teardrop fracture of C5 that left her paralyzed.

“The next thing I remember is I was lying in the water with my eyes open, and I couldn’t move. I was like staring at the bottom of the lake,” Olsen said. “I knew in the water I was paralyzed. I knew I couldn’t feel anything, or do anything.”

Olsen is receiving treatment at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Colorado, where she is recovering and regaining movement in her body. Her husband, TJ, and her two sons are with her. She is expected to remain in hospital for at least four months before returning home.

Jessica Olsen

As a nurse, Olsen said she has learned that it’s different when she receives care instead of providing it.

“On the other hand, being a patient is a lot harder than being a nurse, that’s for sure. It was very difficult, but it made me realize a lot and made me realize that I wasn’t as independent as I thought I was. I was,” Olsen said.

In addition to the GoFundMe page, a fundraising event is being held at the Columbia Events Center at 1505 E. Walnut Street in Algona on Sunday, September 17. From 2 to 5 p.m. The event will include a free donation meal and a silent auction.

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