Unexpected journey: Hunger Games romp leaves newly returned missionary paralyzed

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  • socceroreo West Jordan, UT
    June 27, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    Wow - even in her hospital bed she looks like one of the most beautiful girls I've ever seen. Seems like she has a great attitude, I hope she recovers quickly.

    Tere ojalá que recupere pronto!

  • Arynen Midvale, UT
    June 26, 2012 11:59 p.m.

    The article should serve as a warning against what? Don't climb trees? C'mon people, it was a sad accident that happened during a game, and the game was innocent enough: breaking crackers to signal you're out. It's not like they were shooting arrows at each other. I broke my ankle once playing a game of tag. Should we should be warned against playing tag? Sheesh. Maybe we should all sit home on our couches and never do anything because they're soft and don't hurt.

    That being said, sorry to hear about the accident, but love the attitude in facing a tragedy. Very inspiring!

  • uncommonsense CENTERVILLE, UT
    June 26, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    Too many are talking about the terrible risk she took. She climbed a tree. She had climbed other trees before. She wasn't going to leap from tree to tree like Rue. Tree climbing is less risky then driving. I wish her a speedy recovery

  • Kansan by choice LAWRENCE, KS
    June 26, 2012 6:27 p.m.

    My heart goes out to this young lady and her friends. This was nothing more and nothing less than a tragic accident, happening when a group of fine young people were having fun. I am sure that the prayer and financial support she will get and is getting now, will serve to be a great comfort to her and her family. My prayers and good wishes go out to Teri and her family.

  • RMB Farmington, UT
    June 26, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    Part 2 - I would like to think that we all get the concept that increased risk can sometimes lead to unwanted consequences. But come on, some of my greatest experience took place while rock climbing and repelling with my boys, coaching their football teams, and watching my daughter in gymnastics. My point being, there are lots of things we do that aren’t as safe as sitting on our sofa watching movies and eating crackers (sarcasm here, I actually enjoy a good movie and Cheetos), but life if often made better by experiencing these opportunities with the people you love and enjoy being with. Sounds to me like that’s exactly what she was doing, and my bet is she’ll recover and enjoy a great life.
    Best wishes Tere!

  • RMB Farmington, UT
    June 26, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    The youth are fantastic! Let’s not make this into something more than it is; a very unfortunate accident that took place with a bunch of great young people having fun. Don’t get too caught up in the “Hunger Games” idea behind their endeavor. I’m guessing it resembled “American Ninja Warrior” and “Tag” more than the movie your concerned about. The only lesson here is, accidents happen, and sometimes bad things happen to good people. The greater focus should be placed on her emotional, spiritual, and physical recovery. It sounds like she’s got most of this in place already, and just needs the support of her family, friends, and community. Not a bunch of “I told you that was dangerous” philosophers. Part 1

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    June 26, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    This article could have been written very differently and I'd bet my next paycheck that most of the comments would be very different. Mexican citizen in the US engages in risky behavior, breaks her back, has no insurance and our hospitals, doctors, etc. are providing care. Leave out the fact that she is an RM. Now all of these nicey nicey comments would evaporate. Why does the fact that she is an RM, but still getting uninsured medical treatment here taint the perspective so much! Should it?

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    June 26, 2012 2:54 p.m.

    What is happening with the youth of today? Why in the world would ANYONE want to take any moment of their life to play a "mock" Hunger Games? Are people even thinking about whatthe Hunger Gamesis about and how really sick the concept of it is?

  • millercarlita RIVERTON, UT
    June 26, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    Agree with the "warning" comments. People really need to think before they do things. This young lady looks like she's got a pretty good attitude - and that will help her better than medicine. I sincerely hope she is either able to make a good recovery, or be happy. Given that she just got off a mission, I think she will be just fine. I wish her and her family luck and comfort.

  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    June 26, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    Dang that is sad! Maybe she'll be one of those with a miracle recovery, here's hopin'.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    June 26, 2012 10:35 a.m.


    "This is sad on many levels, but a blessing that it wasn't much worse."

    It would have been a blessing had it not happened, especially a returned missionary who is entitled to blessings. Spin it any way you want.

    Again, my condolences go out to this girl.

  • Shuzzie53 HAYWARD, CA
    June 26, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    Tere's family, pease contact Neuroworx in South Jordan. They are a rehab clinic for spinal cord injuries.

  • OnlytheCross Bakersfield, CA
    June 26, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    Blessings of healing, support and protection are sent to Tere, her family and friends. The Lord will keep you and I am impressed with Tere's sweet acquiesence to wait on His will and see how He will use her. This is sad on many levels, but a blessing that it wasn't much worse.

    The support of her community is also an inspiration and example for all. A definite blessing from our Father. Thank you for the links.
    A follow-up report is anticipated, after the initial support may wane. Please let us know of addresses where we can send greetings, also. Thank you for high-lighting Tere's story so many more can keep her in prayer, too. ("Joni and Friends" Ministry is also another good source for prayers and lots of tangible support, due to her life-changing accident as a young athelete.)

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    June 26, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    As a father, husband, grandfather, and just a person living on this earth with responsibility to warn others. This is a sad situation for this young lady full of potential but people, especially young people think that they are not going to be hurt by their actions. This is a sad situation for all and after dealing with injured people or fatalities professionally for decades, it is hard to convince people they are not indestructible. We have laws to protect people at work, at amusement parks, schools and other locations such as in "reality" shows.

    I would picture Tere will warn others in the future of this type of activity. The people that put on this Hunger game activity should also be warned of their potential involvement. They saw the results but we live in a world where the human body is not indestructible but is destructible.

    No father wants someone to get hurt. This is a warning for others that participate in "reality" type of activities that the actors in any movie have all kinds of protection for their apparent infallibility and reality actions they take, which are not real or unprotected. The article is just an explicit warning

  • Julianne North Salt Lake, UT
    June 26, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    Best wishes on your recovery. May the Lord bless you and your family through this trial. Get Well Soon.

  • tigger AMERICAN FORK, UT
    June 26, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    JWB and Kathy, those are kind of hurtful comments. Surprised someone would post something discouraging rather than encouraging to her. I think people (myself included) want to find a "cause" or "blame" to insure that such won't happen to us. But, worse things have happened in more mundane activities. I find the sparkle in her eyes absolutely charming. Sure, it won't always be there and she will have sorrow and regret that we can only imagine. But... I have known people completely able bodied who can't find peace or happiness. And I have family members who are able bodied but tormented by depression and anxiety. And, I've been in a tree or two. I wish for her the best. And maybe this is my own "defense mechanism" trying to make sense of this but I envision her with a happy, full and productive life.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    June 26, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    Hope she recovers quickly. Sad to hear such news.

  • Kathy. Iowa, Iowa
    June 26, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    Very tragic story of a huge risk and gamble taken.

    Unfortunately she can't undo the risk she took and it will affect the rest of her life.

    I hope this serves as a warning too all others, myself included.

  • misterlink Orem, UT
    June 26, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    For anyone that wants to help, here are links to the
    fundraisers that Tere's friends and family have set up:


    5K Fun Run & BBQ:

    Facebook General Info Page:

    Thanks again for everyone's support! This means so much
    to Tere and her family.

  • El caballero Tremonton, UT
    June 26, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    Good luck, Tere. We wish the best for you. Keep up the good attitude.