Woman impaled by tree branch during weekend drive - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Woman impaled by tree branch during weekend drive

Posted: Updated:

KAMIAH, Idaho. - A North Idaho woman's drive along the Lochsa River earlier this month turned into a nightmare after she was impaled through her neck by a tree limb.

Twenty-year-old Michelle Childers and her husband, 22-year-old Daniel Childers, were taking a recreational drive along the Lochsa River on September 5. Michelle says they had driven down a dead end road and were on their way back out when the unimaginable happened.


IMAGES: To view larger images of Michelle after the tree limb impaled her neck, click here.

Michelle remembers sitting in the passenger seat of the couple's truck turned toward her husband. She says she was talking, laughing and just enjoying "the beautiful day it was turning out to be."

Michelle says she doesn't exactly know what happened next, but somehow a limb from a spruce tree came through the passenger window and impaled her neck.

She could feel a "strange" pressure on her neck and shoulder as her husband started to panic.

"I asked him 'what? where is it?,'" said Michelle.

Her husband answered, "it's in your neck."

Michelle remembers "thinking, praying and hoping" for a miracle as her husband tried to drive to get her medical attention.

About an hour after the limb went into her neck, the couple finally arrived at Lochsa Lodge near the Idaho/Montana border.

Daniel ran inside where he asked to use the phone. Before he could even get back to the truck, Michelle heard the words "we have a nurse."

Michelle says the woman, Kelly, a nurse practitioner from Spokane was able to get a 'life flight' helicopter and ambulance headed to the lodge.

That's when Paula, a registered nurse from St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, along with her husband started talking to Michelle attempting to calm her down.

"Something about this amazing couple made me feel like I was really going to be ok. I believed her when she said you're going to be just fine," said Michelle. "So here I am sitting in a pick-up with all these wonderful people around me and a 13-inch Spruce limb with branches coming off it in still in my neck."

The 'life flight' helicopter arrived on scene and after the flight to St. Patrick Hospital, Michelle went into surgery for six hours to remove the limb from her neck.

Michelle says the doctor's did an amazing job and she is currently recovering at home.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Northport lodge trashed by Eastern Washington fraternity posing as WSU bird watchers

    Northport lodge trashed by Eastern Washington fraternity posing as WSU bird watchers

    Saturday, April 21 2018 4:26 PM EDT2018-04-21 20:26:57 GMT

    NORTHPORT, Wash. - A 22-year-old Eastern Washington University student is facing charges after he organized a party for his fraternity at a Northport lodge that resulted in thousands of dollars in damage. When reserving the lodge, he told the owner it was to host a Washington State University bird watchers club. 

    >>

    NORTHPORT, Wash. - A 22-year-old Eastern Washington University student is facing charges after he organized a party for his fraternity at a Northport lodge that resulted in thousands of dollars in damage. When reserving the lodge, he told the owner it was to host a Washington State University bird watchers club. 

    >>
  • Dad stabbed to death as daughter sits in lap at restaurant

    Dad stabbed to death as daughter sits in lap at restaurant

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:40 AM EDT2018-04-21 14:40:37 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless man was charged Friday with murder in a random attack on a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse. Jamal Jackson, 49, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele. He was being held in Ventura County jail on a $1.5 million bail.

    >>

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homeless man was charged Friday with murder in a random attack on a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse. Jamal Jackson, 49, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele. He was being held in Ventura County jail on a $1.5 million bail.

    >>
  • Police: Woman accidentally shoots and kills young daughter

    Police: Woman accidentally shoots and kills young daughter

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:50 PM EDT2018-04-22 01:50:25 GMT
    Human remains found in burned home of Idaho suspectHuman remains found in burned home of Idaho suspect

    WICKLIFFE, Ohio (AP) - Police say a 2-year-old girl has been accidentally shot and killed by her mother at a hotel outside of Cleveland.    Wickliffe police in a statement say emergency crews were called to an Econo Lodge around 11 p.m. Friday. A police officer and paramedics tried to resuscitate the girl, who was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital. 

    >>

    WICKLIFFE, Ohio (AP) - Police say a 2-year-old girl has been accidentally shot and killed by her mother at a hotel outside of Cleveland.    Wickliffe police in a statement say emergency crews were called to an Econo Lodge around 11 p.m. Friday. A police officer and paramedics tried to resuscitate the girl, who was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/