West Hartford Teen Seriously Injured While Sledding

Griffin Reid (right) with his mother Julie and twin brother Connor on senior day for the Conard High School football team in 2016. GoFundMe photo

Friends have set up a GoFundMe Griffin Reid, a 2017 graduate of West Hartford’s Conard High School to assist the family during the teen’s long recovery.

By Ronni Newton

A West Hartford teen sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a sledding accident on Jan. 4, and subsequently needed surgery for an infection that is complicating his recovery.

Friends of the family of Griffin Reid have established a GoFundMe campaign to assist the family while he undergoes rehabilitative treatment for his injuries.

Reid is a freshman at Springfield College. He was initially transported to Bay State Medical Center where he spent several days, and then transferred to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, according to GoFundMe. He had emergency surgery last week to drain an infection in his mouth caused by cuts from the accident, and is now back at the Hospital for Special Care.

According to information posted with the campaign Reid’s mother, Julie Reid, works in a job where she is paid “per diem,” and if she is unable to work, she doesn’t get paid.

Julie Reid was widowed in December 2015, and has two other sons, Connor Reid (Griffin’s twin brother), and Wyatt Reid, a freshman at Conard High School.

The GoFundMe campaign is hoping to raise $30,000 to support the family. As of 9:15 a.m. Monday, $6,160 had been raised.

Click here to view the GoFundMe page.

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