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Teen fought to breathe following coast crash

ON THE MEND: Jenna Oates is recovering from lung injuries after a car accident.
ON THE MEND: Jenna Oates is recovering from lung injuries after a car accident.

JANETTE Oates sat by her teenage daughter's hospital bed, frantic with worry as her daughter struggled to breathe.

The Biloela woman's daughter Jenna spent more than week in intensive care in a Brisbane hospital after she crashed her car on the Rockhampton-Yeppoon road on August 3.

Jenna, who lives in Rockhampton and works in Yeppoon, had been heading home from work at night when the accident happened.

The teenager's car struck a guard rail and was written off.

Janette said she took her 17-year-old daughter to Biloela Hospital on August 18 after she began feeling progressively worse and having trouble breathing.

The next day Jenna was flown to Rockhampton Hospital, and then to Brisbane on August 21. Jenna had fluid on her lungs.

Janette spent a very worried week as Jenna contracted pneumonia and a secondary infection in her chest.

The young woman then spent a week in intensive care.

Doctors tried to drain the excess fluid, but had to operate on Friday to take the rest. Nine days later (Sunday), Jenna left ICU for a recovery ward.

“She was a sick girl.

“It was worrying time - I wouldn't wish that upon anyone,” Janette said.

Janette said they were hoping Jenna could be released today.

She paid tribute to Capricornia Helicopter Rescue Service, Royal Flying Doctors, and Biloela, Rockhampton and Prince Charles hospitals. They are hoping for Jenna's full recovery for her 18th birthday next month.


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