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Published February 01, 2012, 04:40 PM

Students, Faculty Rally Behind McIntosh Teen Seriously Injured in Car Accident

(WDAZ-TV) - Students in McIntosh, MN, are supporting a fellow teen who survived a serious car accident last week. 17-year-old Calie Maruska was thrown from a window of her car while driving on Highway 2.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) - Students in McIntosh, MN, are supporting a fellow teen who survived a serious car accident last week.

17-year-old Calie Maruska was thrown from a window of her car while driving on Highway 2.

Calie has endured a nearly five hour surgery, ventilator and feeding tube. But she is not alone in her struggle.

Students and faculty at Win-E-Mac have raised thousands of dollars to help her family with medical expenses.

"She likes to be involved in things and help out other people, so we want to return that favor," Win-E-Mac superintendent Randy Bruer said.

That family includes her twin sister, Courtney, who shaved her head after Calie's had to be shaved to staple her skull back together. This led others at the school to shave their heads, along with students from schools as far as Fargo.

Kindergarteners through 12th graders at Win-E-Mac wore camo to support their friend who loves to hunt. Fosston and Fertile-Beltrami also had "Camo for Calie" days and sent hundreds of dollars to the family.

And it's not just the schools. McIntosh bakery sold over 1100 camo cupcakes for Calie with all proceeds going to the Maruskas.

Yesterday was Calie's first day out of the ICU, but her struggle is far from over. Her left ear drum was punctured in the accident and her family hopes she'll be able to recover the use of her left arm.

"Calie is a very strong person. I've coached her in basketball for many years and one thing that impresses me about her is any obstacle in front of her, she's going to exceed that from her determination and inner strength and outer strength. It's not surprising to me at all the type of recovery that she's making from this very serious accident that she had," basketball coach Vance Kaupang said.

"It's going to be a struggle the next month, but I believe she'll come out of it. She's a strong person," Bruer said.

Calie is expected to return to school this semester.

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