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Adelaide teenager remains in hospital after horrific Christmas Eve car crash

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Teen girl’s brave battle after suffering horrific injuries in a car smash during a trip to look at Christmas lights with two friends

  • Teenager continued to be treated in hospital after car crash on Christmas Eve
  • Tayla Sturtzel was driving with friends looking at Christmas lights in Adelaide 
  • Vehicle struck a tree leaving her with fractured collar bone, sternum and spine 

A teenager is continuing to be treated in hospital six days are suffering horrific injuries following a car crash on Christmas Eve.

Tayla Sturtzel, 17, was with two friends when they decided to take a short drive around the streets of Adelaide and check out Christmas lights on Saturday night.

The vehicle then struck a tree leaving Tayla with a fractured collar bone, sternum, spine and pelvis and internal injuries to her spleen.

She was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital where she has since undergone surgery for her collarbone.

Tayla Sturtzel, 17 (centre), was with two friends when they decided to take a short drive around the streets of Adelaide and check out Christmas lights on Saturday night 

Tayla also has bruising on the brain that has caused partial memory loss and will need to begin rehabilitation on her spine and pelvis.

Her recovery time is expected to take months with her aunt Lisa Bartlett admitting she had no idea when her niece would be able to walk again.

She has kickstarted a GoFundMe to raise money for the family as they face a difficult time ahead.

‘We spent the night and all of Christmas and Boxing Day by her bedside, explaining to her over and over why she wasn’t home opening presents with her sister and brother,’ Ms Bartlett wrote.

Ms Bartlett said Tayla’s single mother Angela was considering a six-month break from work so she could help her daughter.

‘This is the fight of Tayla’s life and she has a strong network of family and friends rallying around her,’ she said. 

Tayla was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital where she has since undergone surgery for her collarbone

Tayla was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital where she has since undergone surgery for her collarbone

The GoFund me has raised more than $12,000 to help the family with the fundraiser hoping to collect $35,000 altogether.

‘The family live in a modest rental in Adelaide and with a single parent working and living week to week, we are trying to raise enough funds to simply keep the family afloat during this time,’ Ms Bartlett wrote.

‘The funds will cover rent, bills, equipment hire, travel to and from the hospital and rehabilitation services, and any private physio needed. 

‘The most important thing this money will do is give Tayla the one thing she needs most, the physical and emotional support of her mum without the worry of the family being displaced without the funds to pay rent and bills.’

Ms Bartlett said she hoped Tayla would be able to make a full recovery in time for the final year of her school dance program in 2023. 

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