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14-year-old undergoes multiple brain surgeries after being struck by SUV

Posted at 3:32 PM, Sep 27, 2023

HEBER CITY, Utah — A 14-year-old Heber City girl has undergone two brain surgeries since being struck by an SUV during a school lunch break early Wednesday.

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Ava Saunders was hit just before 11:30 a.m. at 790 South Main Street. The Wasatch High School student was first transported to Heber Valley Hospital in critical condition before being airlifted to a Salt Lake area hospital.

On Thursday, Ava's family shared her medical status, relaying the multiple surgeries and that "she is strong, and will get through this." She is currently resting after the second surgery appears to have worked.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

The driver of the SUV stayed on the scene and impairment does not appear to be a factor, according to police.