Teen injured in Adventureland accident may soon leave the hospital

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 7:18 AM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - Saturday will mark three weeks since a deadly accident on an Adventureland ride.

The Jaramillo family has learned their 16-year-old son, injured in the accident, may soon get to leave the hospital.

David Jaramillo has been in the hospital since the accident on July 3 on the Raging River ride.

David and his family were on the ride when their raft flipped in the water.

On Thursday, David learned his younger brother, 11-year-old Michael, did not survive.

Ryan Best, the Jaramillo family’s lawyer, said David has been moved out of the ICU and is now in a recovery unit at Blank Children’s Hospital.

“He’s working on sitting up in the bed,” Best said. “I looked at a photograph where he was brushing his teeth, or working on brushing his teeth. They have transferred him to a chair a couple times with help.”

Doctors told the Jaramillo family, David could leave the hospital as soon as next week, but he would have to go to a rehabilitation facility for the foreseeable future.

It’s unclear if David will be able to walk without assistance ever again.

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