Father asks for prayers after 10-year-old daughter suffers brain injury in Winfield Lake boat crash

Father asks for prayers as 10-year-old daughter suffers brain injury in boating incident
Published: May. 28, 2023 at 8:41 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Chad Martin, father of 10-year-old Rielynn Martin, is asking for prayers as his daughter continues to recover in the hospital.

Rielynn was injured Friday night after two boats collided at Winfield Lake.

“We went out to the lake for Memorial (Day) Weekend [and] we go to the lake a lot. My kids love outdoors,” said Martin.

Martin said the crash happened with friends and family on the boat.

When two boats collided, Martin said Rieylnn “flew off the boat,” hitting the propeller of the other boat.

Martin said Rielynn was rushed to the hospital where she’s now recovering from devastating injuries.

“It crushed her skull, it is embedded in her brain. So, she had actual damaged pieces in her brain. They got that situated and put a plate in there, bolted it [and] fixed the bad part of the skull,” said Martin.

For now, Martin said all he can do is ask for prayers as he waits by his daughter’s side.

“I want prayers, prayers are everything. Prayer is what got my daughter to where she’s at now. Medical bills are gonna be tough, I think out the roof. I got another daughter to support, it’s gonna be tough,” said Martin.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help support the family with expenses in Rielynn’s recovery. If you would like to donate, click here.