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Ravell Call, Deseret News
Kellie Day, an 18-year-old girl who lost four fingers in a shop accident at Granger High School, gets a kiss from her father, Glenn Day, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in West Valley City as he leaves to go back to his home in Tooele. Kellie's index finger has been re-attached.

WEST VALLEY CITY — In less than a second, the life of an 18-year-old West Valley girl changed forever.

Granger High School senior Kellie Day was in a shop class when her metal project cost her four fingers on her right hand.

"I had my hand holding it to do a vertical cut,” she said, “and it grabbed the metal and pulled my hand under the blade."

Doctors saved and re-attached her index finger. "I've been trying to adjust to my left hand because I was really dominant with my right hand," Day said.

Kellie’s father, Glenn Day, is worried because his daughter was looking forward to a career in designing and engineering.

He's also concerned about the medical bills, saying, so far, he hasn't heard much from Granite School District. “I feel like they’re not acting as quickly as they should,” he said.

Ben Horsley, the spokesman for Granite School District, says it's really out of the districts hands. The case has been turned over to the district's insurance company.

He says every student gets trained on the equipment and parents sign a waiver for them to be in the class.

"She's an excellent student and it's an advanced wood-working class," he said. She obviously knew how to work the equipment after being in the class several years."

Now, Kellie is focusing on her school work. She says she won't let this accident take away anything else important to her.

“I’m getting my grades done, and I just want to graduate and be able to walk with my class,” she said.

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