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Continued: Bridge took heavy toll, but not on her dreams

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 9, 2007 - 11:21 PM

That might have been the morphine talking, her mother says.

She may still need surgery on one of the fractured vertebrae, Ahrendt said. And she'll have to wear a neck brace for three months.

"At this point, everyone's hopeful that she's going to make a full recovery," he said. "I think she's very lucky that her spinal cord wasn't damaged."

Ahrendt, who notes that Jessie is one of his daughter's favorite actresses, adds that she should even be able to dance again.

Back at the Children's Theatre, the play never reopened. Jessie's castmates, who have flooded her with cards and gifts, voted to shut it down the day after she was injured.

Friends gave her a ring that says: "When you have faith, everything is possible."

Maura Lerner • 612-673-7384 • mlerner@startribune.com

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