Family of Pilot Mountain fall victim talks about her recovery

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PFAFFTOWN, NC --- 17-year-old Lauren Willard had surgery today to re-set her left wrist after she suffered multiple fractures all over her body in a fall at Pilot Mountain State Park Monday.

Lauren Willard fell 45 feet down Three Bears Gulley and broke her wrist, leg, lower back, pelvis, and at least five ribs. She also suffered multiple lung punctures and a closed head injury.

Her father Brent Willard said she's still joking about the accident.

"She's made several doctors and nurses laugh," Brent Willard said. "When they told her they were going to have to re-set her wrist she said 'Yeah I'm really looking forward to that.' So she's really taking it in stride."

Mr Willard said the family is extremely thankful for everyone from witnesses who were there to help when the accident happened to neighbors who've been bringing food by while the family stays at the hospital.

"That's a lot of love," Brent Willard said.

Mr Willard is a physical therapist. He believes it will take Lauren, a soccer player at Reagan High School, eight to twelve months to heal.