Manitowoc girl injured in crash undergoes surgery

SHAWANO, Wis. - A 10 year old Manitowoc girl who was paralyzed by a head-on crash in Bonduel that killed two other children - including her sister - underwent surgery today.

The crash paralyzed Santanna Gonzalez from the waist down. She had back surgery today at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee.

Seven year old Kadenz Gonzalez and 9-year old Eli Plageman of Kiel died from their injuries when the vehicle they were riding in was hit by a van going the wrong way on Highway 29 near Shawano County K about 9:30 Friday night, September 8th.

The 38 year old driver of the van, Brian Bishop of Bonduel, also died in the crash.

Nikkole Gonzalez, the mother of Kadenz and Santanna, released a statement today to Local Five News. It reads, in part,  "We are going through the most horrific situation any parent could go through. My daughters were bright. My daughter Kadenz overcame autism. Anything they told us she couldn't do,  she proved them wrong. Santanna loves animals and friends. All 6 kids loved chasing butterflies together. We are all full of uncertainty and pain all at the same time. It is very hard to speak about."

On their Facebook page today,  Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber mentioned that law enforcement would be traveling to visit Santanna at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin on Sunday. They would be joined by local firefighters. They asked anyone who would like to help the family ,  to please donate to their Go Fund Me page. In addition, they asked that if you would like to drop off a care package at the Sheriff's office during regular hours, they would bring it to Santanna.
 


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