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GoFundMe created for Zillah student critically injured in bounce house incident

ZILLAH, Wash. -- A Zillah High School student continues to fight for her life after she was injured in a freak accident involving an interactive bounce house game during a school field day event. 

A GoFundMe page has been created to help with medical bills for 18-year-old Kirsten Tackett, who was transported by helicopter to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

The online fundraiser has raised over $8,000 in less than a day. It reads: 

"As many of you know, 18 year old  Kirsten Tackett was involved in a bouncy house accident on May 1st. Kirsten sustained life threatening injuries that will require hospitalization for an unknown amount of time. Please help in the mission to alleviate financial burden for this beautiful family. Prayers and well wishes are encouraged. There will also be a silent auction in the near future. If you are interested in volunteering or donating items for the auction please contact Deb Mason or Amy Root."

Tackett was one of four students injured playing the inflatable game, called the “Hippo Chow Down,” when the incident occurred. Police say a large dust devil ripped out the 18-inch stakes anchoring the inflatable to the ground, lifting it 15-20 feet in the air blowing it roughly 250 feet down the football field. 

The other three students involved were taken to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima with injuries that were not life-threatening. Another student was injured during from a separate activity during the field day. 

The Zillah Police Department investigated the incident and determined that “safety protocols had been met before the incident and that the inflatable involved was in “serviceable, working condition.” 

The Zillah School District is now handling the matter.


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