ST. GEORGE – Ammon Puriri, 18, son of Rakaipaka and Laninina (Lani) Puriri of St. George, suffered grave injuries when his jet ski encountered a boat on Lake Powell on July 26, as previously reported by St. George News.
Since that time, Ammon has undergone multiple surgeries, therapy, skin grafts and treatments in Flagstaff, Ariz., until he returned home to St. George this week.
Lani Puriri said although friends had offered to fly Ammon home today, he couldn’t wait one more day to come home and so his father, Ra, and Ammon made the drive as soon as he was released to leave.
The attendant medical costs are extensive, as well as the expense and strain on Ammon’s family, going back and forth between Flagstaff and St. George, during the long post-accident period. His medical needs continue but the Puriri family is overjoyed to have him home at last, Lani Puriri said.
The Dixie High School soccer team is sponsoring a 5k run for Ammon tomorrow, August 27, at the DHS track. The event will begin at 6:30 a.m. and the race will commence at 7 a.m. Ammon, himself, will be there, said his mom, “To welcome everyone in at the finish line.”
In addition, a donation fund continues to be in place for those interested in contributing to the needs of the Puriri family. It is secure and all you need to do is click on the link given and follow the prompts.
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