Bettendorf girl severely injured after sledding accident

The 12-year-old fighting to save her leg after crashing into fence

A 12-year-old Bettendorf girl is suffering from severe injuries after a sledding accident on Saturday afternoon. 

Savannah Zaehringer was sledding down a hill in Bettendorf when she hit a fence. Her mother, Sasha Zaehringer, says her daughter thinks she got stuck under the fence when she came down the hill. 

The girl shattered her Tibia, a bone in her shin, and cut multiple arteries and vessels, which caused Compartment Syndrome, cutting off circulation to her leg. 

Savannah was rushed to a local hospital but was later airlifted to University of Iowa Children's Hospital because of the extent of her injuries. 

The single mother of 3 says they're taking this nightmare "hour by hour," hoping her daughter won't lose her leg from her injuries. 

After the initial eight hour surgery, the girl still had both of her legs, however she still has multiple surgeries to go and doctor's say her leg is still in critical condition. 

Her next surgery was scheduled for Monday evening but has been postponed to Wednesday morning. As of Tuesday night, Sasha tells Local 4 News her daughter's condition is still critical, and she will need multiple surgeries and skin grafts, and the outcome of her leg is still uncertain. 

Savannah is expected to be in the hospital for at least three more weeks. A GoFundMe has been set up for the family, you can find that link here.


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