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Dancer injured in Waukesha parade walks on her personal, continues to get better

WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) — Jessalyn Torres was strolling with Waukesha’s Xtreme Dance Staff within the Waukesha Christmas Parade final yr when a automobile barreled via the parade. Torres was hit within the chest and spent weeks within the hospital. She suffered a damaged pelvis in three locations, a fractured cranium, misplaced a kidney, and had inside bleeding. 

She spent weeks within the hospital, and since being discharged in December she’s been out and in of surgical procedure. 

Torres and her mother, Amber Kohnke, sat down with CBS 58 to speak about how the assault modified their lives perpetually. 

“It has been a really tough couple of months,” mentioned Kohnke. “She needs to be regular, she needs to be 11 years outdated.” 

This picture beneath exhibits how Torres’ day began, smiling and able to stroll along with her associates and teammates within the parade. 


The way in which it ended was not what anybody anticipated that day. Torres was preventing for her life. 


A number of issues had been taken from Torres that day. She nonetheless struggles with fixed ache when standing for lengthy durations of time and subsequent month, she heads into her sixth surgical procedure since leaving the hospital. 

“This previous weekend I had my first sleepover with my cousin. They dwell the place I must stroll upstairs and I obtained the OK to do stairs. and so I obtained to have a sleepover, which I did so much earlier than this entire factor.” 

It is issues like that that Torres hasn’t been capable of do as she spends time studying methods to use her muscle groups once more. She not too long ago began strolling and not using a walker, an enormous step in only a few months. Her mother even shared a video of her doing considered one of her favourite issues: dance.

Torres’ most up-to-date surgical procedure was on her trachea; constructed up scar tissue is increase, making it arduous to breath. 

“Final time her trachea closed off…over 60% was closed off,” mentioned Kohnke. “The time earlier than that it was the dimensions of a straw that she was attempting to breath via.”

Torres goes again in for an additional surgical procedure on her trachea on March 11, 2022. 

“At first once we obtained house I did not need my mother to depart me as a result of she by no means left me within the hospital,” mentioned Torres.

The household of six consists of Kohnke and her 5 kids, and so they have realized to embrace one another extra via all of it.

“We talk higher. There’s simply a lot extra of a sense of affection and involvement and that is most likely the best factor that is come out of this,” mentioned Kohnke. “I do know, it is loopy to say! It is nice that everyone is prepared to be wonderful with every different.”

There’s extra laughing and goofiness of their days, however the hardest occasions will not be behind them, together with many lengthy days of bodily remedy. 

“PT is difficult. We’re working muscle groups that we used to work, that we’ve not been capable of. And there is psychological breakdowns and there is days when we have to cry and be pissed off, and I get it; and I will be by her facet,” mentioned Kohnke.

Torres says the primary time going again downtown was arduous, however she tried a second time and it is getting simpler. It is a spot she has extra good recollections than dangerous. 

“I actually like being downtown, I feel it is actually fairly down there. In the summertime me and my siblings would journey out bikes down there,” mentioned Torres. “I feel I’ve gotten via plenty of trauma or anxiousness of being downtown.” 

Torres is at school three hours a day proper now in order that she will sustain with bodily remedy. 

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