A four-year-old Peterborough girl is fighting for her life after a Thanksgiving Day tragedy in Norwood.
Sophie Foley was with her family and other families crossing Alma Street after attending the Norwood Fair on Monday (October 10) when she was struck by a pickup truck.
“Sophie is still in the ICU on life support at Sick Kids in Toronto,” her father Daniel Foley posted on Facebook on Tuesday night from the hospital. “She had an operation today to have a catheter put in her brain. She made it through the operation and is still fighting.”
According to Tanya Stanley, who has set up a GoFundMe campaign to support the family (Sophie’s parents Daniel and Natasha Celene have two other children), Sophie suffered a fractured skull and extensive brain injuries, along with a laceration on her liver and other injuries.
“Her father having to hold his baby girl’s limp body as her heart stopped on impact, screaming for help while the driver drove away,” Stanley writes on GoFundMe.
“If it wasn’t for the angel nurses that came to their aid, little Sophie would not be able to receive the help she is right now.”
Police are still investigating the incident and have not announced any charges against the driver of the pickup truck.
Proceeds from the GoFundMe campaign, which has raised over $19,000 of its $30,000 goal as of the time of this story, will be used to support the family with expenses.
“Please everyone keep her in your prayers and let’s not waste time being angry and vengeful, that’s just pointless right now,” Sophie’s father Daniel wrote on Facebook. “For now let’s just all pray for her recovery.”
On Facebook, Sophie’s father Daniel has also posted several videos and photos of Sophie enjoying the Norwood Fair before the tragedy.
“That’s how my daughter was, always there to help anyone or anything in need,” he wrote. “The kind of kid to try to help a insect if it was hurt. She would literally give the shirt off her back to help somebody. The kindest sweetest little kid you’ll ever meet in your life.”
“This is a tragedy for EVERYONE involved and I just want the community to see my daughter as she was … not just an accident victim.”
This is my daughter now….
Trying to keep her brain swelling and temperature down. Don’t mind me in the background
Posted by Daniel Steven Foley on Tuesday, October 11, 2022