Park City, UT Freeskier Mikayla Willis in ICU After Crash During Freeride World Qualifier

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Park City, UT skier Mikayla Willis was critically injured during a Freeride World Qualifier event in Big Sky, MT last week, and was taken via emergency helicopter to an ICU in Billings, Montana. | Photo courtesy of GoFundMe

Mikayla Willis took a terrible crash at the Freeride World Qualifier in Big Sky, Montana on Wednesday and was taken by ambulance and two Life Flight helicopters to an ICU in Billings, Montana, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Eric Praetorius, her ski coach,  told KPCW that “she has very severe injuries.”

According to a GoFundMe post, the 17-year-old freeskier’s injuries include a shattered skull, broken nose, broken vertebrae, fractured hips, and lacerations on her face. The GoFundMe post reads in full:

“Mikayla Willis was critically injured in a tragic ski accident in Montana on March 23, 2022. She was competing in the FreeRide World Tour Qualifiers three star in Big Sky. She took 1st place the day before in the qualifiers. She was taken by ambulance and 2 Life Flights to a hospital in Billings.  Her injuries are severe: shattered skull, broken nose, broken L2 back, fractured hips and lacerations on her face. She has already had one surgery and is expected to be in the ICU for several weeks. The hospital where Mikayla is currently is “out of network” under the family’s insurance policy. Any help that we can give them will be greatly appreciated.”

 

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“She has already had one surgery and is expected to be in the ICU for several weeks,” according to the GoFundMe post set up to raise funds to cover Willis’s medical bills. “The hospital where Mikayla is currently is ‘out of network’ under the family’s insurance policy. Any help that we can give them will be greatly appreciated.”

The post has since been updated with positive news: “Mikayla is conscious, talking and off of life support. She is still in the ICU and is being watched. The family thanks everyone for their generosity.”

As of last Thursday, the entire $75,000 GoFundMe goal had been reached, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Willis is ranked No. 32 in the Americas Region of the FWQ.


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