MINOT, N.D. — A 15-year-old girl who was seriously injured when a tornado struck a worker camp in the western North Dakota oil patch on Memorial Day has been discharged from the hospital.
Ainslea Oliphant is from Louisiana but was visiting her aunt and uncle in Watford City on Monday when what looked like a "huge hailstorm" started coming toward her, she said, referring to the swirling cloud of debris kicked up by the EF-2 tornado. Oliphant said the last thing she remembers before being knocked unconscious is her aunt telling her that she loved her.
"I woke up in the ICU. I didn't know why I was there or what was going on. Everybody had to retell me. I was in amazement. Like I didn't know that it actually happened," Oliphant told the station from her hospital room. She was discharged Saturday afternoon from Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Oliphant said she's in a lot of pain because of a broken eye socket and spots of bleeding on her brain. She plans to return to her grandparents' home in Minot before returning to Louisiana.
Oliphant was the last person hospitalized as a result of the tornado that swept through the oil patch, destroying 15 trailers and injuring nine people.