Noblesville, Ind.—Holly Jones, 20, is in critical condition and in a medically induced coma after a sledding accident on a hill in Forest Park in Noblesville Sunday night.
"They said your daughter's very very sick," Her mother, Lisa Jones, said. "She has a basal skull fracture and had surgery to ease the swelling."
Holly was airlifted from Noblesville's Riverview Hospital to Methodist Sunday night. She had taken her cousin from Florida sledding on the hill at 11:45 p.m. Sunday. It wasn't a normal time but because they weren't able to sled earlier in the week due to weather, this was going to be her last chance before the cousin went back to Florida.
Just before midnight Sunday, Holly's mom got a call from her other daughter, Alex.
"You need to get to Forest Park. Holly's bleeding and she's not breathing," Alex Jones said.
"Apparently, she had hit a divot and was launched off the tube," Holly's father Shawn Jones said.
Holly was riding on an inflatable tube. She was in the back and her cousin was in the front.
"It may have been overfilled with air and the weight of the girls together sent them airborne. Holly came down on the back of her head," Shawn Jones said.
"It's not snow it's ice, ice," Lisa Jones said. "That's what Holly hit."
Holly's parents said EMT's at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville told them there have been four EMS runs and three sledding victims Lifelined from accidents on this particular hill at Forest Park.
There is a sign at the top of the hill that states "Sled at your own risk" but Holly's parents said they feel more should be done to educate the community of accidents taking place on the hill.
"This isn't supposed to happen when you're sledding, this is like a bad car accident," Lisa Jones said.
Jones hopes her daughter's accident will be a wake-up call to parents to make their kids wear helmets while sledding.
"It could save a life," Lisa Jones said.
Her other daughter Alex had a sledding accident on the same hill seven years ago but it was not nearly as serious.
"Alex hit a dog and broke her nose," Lisa said. "There needs to be an awareness, look at us, it happened to us twice. Kids should wear helmets, if that's going to save them from having a brain injury absolutely, wear a helmet."
The Jones' say Holly will remain in the medically induced coma for two weeks so her brain loses swelling that has taken place. They said they are encouraged Holly that will recover since she was moving limbs before put into the coma.