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Four-year-old Girl Recovering From Accidental Hanging

NASELLE — A 4-year-old girl is in an induced coma after sustaining injuries in an barn accident on Mother’s Day.

According to information relayed from family friends and the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Jessi Harman was out in the barn with her mother, Kristen, while she was farriering horses on May 12.

As of press time Tuesday, PCSO Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock said the details leading up to the incident were still unclear, but was able to confirm that the girl became tangled in some bailing twine and accidentally hung herself. Jessi was transported to a Portland hospital via Life Flight.

A family friend, Summer Johnson, shared on Facebook that Jessi’s EKG and blood tests returned to normal. On Monday, doctors started to remove the cold packs that were used to keep her body temperature down while she was sedated.

Johnson’s most recent update shared, “They have removed all of the ice packs and her temperature is normal. This is good news. She is continuing to progress very well. Jessi and Kristen are both resting. This is a very slow and careful process. We still need to wait until Jessi is ready to wake up. She is still heavily sedated and will likely remain that way until the doctors decide to wake her. Please continue to pray.”

Season Long, also a family friend, asked the public to pray for Jessi, who she described as a beautiful little girl whose favorite color is purple, and who loves horses and flowers.


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