It’s been two weeks since the fatal parade hit-and-run shook the residents of Waukesha, Wisconsin, on November 21, 2021.
Six people were killed in the attack with victims ranging from 8 to 81. Three members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies troupe were killed during the attack, along with two adults. An 8-year-old boy passed away a few days later from his injuries.
Over a dozen children ranging in ages from 3 to 16 were sent to the Children’s Wisconsin Hospital, including 11-year-old Jessalyn Torres, who asked doctors to glue her back together.
On Monday, November 29, the Children’s Wisconsin Hospital revealed that one child was discharged over the Thanksgiving weekend. Seven more children remained in their care. Three were still in serious condition, three were in fair condition, and one was in good condition.
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Children’s Wisconsin Hospital Ceases Daily Updates
On Sunday, Nov. 21, 18 kids and families started a journey with Children’s Wisconsin that none of them could have prepared for and that no one would ever choose. Two more children of the 16 admitted here that night have been discharged and continue their recovery from home.
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— Children’s Wisconsin 🏥 (@childrenswi) December 1, 2021
In a message to the public on Wednesday, December 1, the hospital officials released a statement on Twitter saying that they were going to stop providing daily updates.
“On Sunday, Nov. 21, 18 kids and families started a journey with Children’s Wisconsin that none of them could have prepared for and that no one would ever choose,” the message began. “Two more children of the 16 admitted here that night have been discharged and continue their recovery from home.”
“For all the kids involved, including the 5 kids still in our care at our Milwaukee hospital, we are committed to supporting their ongoing physical and emotional recovery.” They revealed that four children are in fair condition, while one is still in serious condition.
They added, “While the medical conditions of the children involved have improved, many face a journey of long recovery as a result of injuries. When they are able to go home or transfer out of intensive care, they will continue to need the love, support and dedication of the community.”
They then directed individuals to a post set up on the hospital’s website for further updates.
The Unprecedented Emotional Toll On Victims
We’re in the FINAL HOUR of The FAN’S 15th annual Toy Drive benefitting @childrenswi and have raised over $19,000 in cash donations!
— 1250 AM The Fan (@1250AMTheFan) December 3, 2021
In a post dated Friday, December 3, the hospital revealed that their Mental and Behavior Health Helpline took calls from over ninety families after the Waukesha parade tragedy.
Although they have now closed their hotline, they directed those seeking support to call or text their Disaster Distress Helpline at (800) 985-5990.
Although family and friends have been scarred by the tragedy, doctors and nurses recently sat down with Fox6 News to reveal what it has been like tending to the children who were seriously injured in the violence.
“We take care of injured patients like this almost on a daily basis. We just don’t take care of 18 in three hours,” said Dr. Lorin Browne.
“We did see head injuries and internal injuries. We also saw a fair number of broken bones from that,” Browne continued. “The term that is usually used is controlled chaos. I think this was much more controlled than it was chaotic.”
The alleged driver of the red SUV that crashed through parade barricades is Darrell Brooks Jr. Brooks has a decades-long criminal history. Recent documents have emerged that Brooks complained that he was “being treated unfairly” by the justice system after his Huber privileges were revoked in 2009.