Mother of Franklin teen gives promising Saturday update

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The mother of 16-year-old Sarah McLevish says her daughter is relying less on a ventilator as she remains in critical condition at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

This comes two weeks after the teen became trapped in the Big Blue River in Edinburgh while fishing with fellow Franklin Community High School students.

Bobbi Hubbard, Sarah McLevish's mom, says her daughter spent most of the day Friday off of the ventilator.

Physical therapy also started Friday.

Hubbard writes, "Sarah continues to remain in stable, but critical condition. Her medical team continues to do everything they can to optimize Sarah's recovery. We have continued to see her open and blink her eyes."

Hubbard says McLevish breathed on her own for about a half hour Wednesday and was able to breathe on her own for most of the day Friday.

She goes on to say, "A CT scan showed swelling has decreased again and her white blood cell count has improved. Her lungs look a little better also."

Hubbard thanks the community for their outpouring of support, which continues Sunday.

Nearly 500 bikers have signed up for a charity motorcycle ride starting at Franklin Community High School Sunday morning at 10:00.

It will go through Edinburgh, pausing for a moment at the Big Blue River where McLevish got trapped and where two other teens eventually lost their lives trying to save her.

Organizers will take additional sign-ups Sunday morning starting at 9:00 am, one hour before the event.

The cost is $25 per motorcycle, and $10 for each additional rider.

The ride is set to take U. S. 31 down to Edinburgh, and then taking part of U. S. 252 back before ending at Time Out in Franklin for a benefit.

The proceeds will benefit the families of Jason Moran, Michael Chadbourne and Sarah McLevish.

Moran and Chadbourne went into the water to save McLevish.

In addition to various fundraisers, these two online accounts have been set up for McLevish:

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