Burned racer, 12, recovering from surgery

By John Estus Modified: April 8, 2008 at 2:53 pm •  Published: April 8, 2008
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A 12-year-old girl burned in a fiery race car accident Saturday night remains under close watch at a Texas hospital.

More than half of Lindsay resident Harli White's body is covered in third-degree burns from Saturday's fire, said her father, Charlie White.


Harli was racing in her first sprint car race Saturday at Interstate 44 Speedway in Newcastle when her car hit a wall and burst into flames. She was pulled from the burning car by another racer and a group of men, including her father.

"She's a real fighter," her father said. "This is just a day-to-day recovery."

Charlie White said Harli will likely spend her 13th birthday later in a hospital room at the Shriners' Burn Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas.

He said Harli is expected to spend the next four days in a special bed designed to avoid unneeded pressure on the burned parts of her body before undergoing additional treatment.

Shortly after the first of many surgeries she'll need to recover from the accident, Harli was alert and speaking to doctors and family members Monday. Charlie White said she is being treated for the constant pain caused by the burns.


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