Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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On Easter Sunday in 2009, Lindsay Harper and her family had just gotten back to their Paducah, Ky., home from a camping trip. She and her older brother decided to ride their go-kart. She was going to hold down the brake, like she always did, while he started the engine.

But this time, the then 5-year-old accidentally pressed the gas pedal. As soon as the motor started, the go-kart sped across the yard, then down the driveway until it hit the neighbor’s garage. She was going so fast, she broke concrete blocks in the garage foundation.

In the crash, the steering wheel had somehow snapped off and Lindsay had impaled her pelvic area on the steering column.

“Her brother was screaming, and she was screaming, and it was total chaos,” recalled her mother, Lisa Ligon.

Ligon dropped her husband, Len Harper, and daughter at the ER, and quickly joined the family inside the hospital.

Lindsay was flown via LifeFlight to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and put in the care of Stephen Morrow, M.D., director of the Trauma Program and assistant professor of Surgery.

“She had horrible [internal] injuries,” Morrow said.

It took five months and many surgeries, but Lindsay is back to perfect health.

Lindsay has grown up with a much older brother, Alan Ligon, and sister, Arianna Ligon, and Morrow said her maturity showed.

“She was such a bubbly little girl, very articulate and outgoing. She was precocious beyond her years and wanted to play instead of staying in bed,” he said.

Ligon said Lindsay had a special connection with Morrow.
“She would know before he came in the room or know he was sitting outside. She thinks he’s next to Daddy and God,” she said.

Lindsay still avoids the go-kart, but she is looking forward to a summer of fun. She is a cheerleader and is taking lessons to learn the necessary strokes to join the swim team. She also likes to ride her bike and roller-skate and go camping.

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