Franklin teen’s family adjusts to life after swimming tragedy


June 6, 2014 is a day that has forever changed the Franklin community. On that Friday, six teenagers from Franklin Community High School were along the Big Blue River Dam, when Sarah McLevish, 16, became trapped in the churning water.

Two other teenagers, Michael Chadbourne and Jason Moran, died trying to save her.

McLevish spent eleven weeks in two different Indianapolis hospitals. She has been at home with her family since August 21.

“The family room has become Sarah’s room; overwhelmingly Sarah’s room,” her mom, Bobbi Hubbard, laughed.

Hubbard and her other daughter, Kaitlin, transformed the room. On the walls, there are several pictures, including a photo collage friends made that spells out “SARAH.”

“They are memories that she’ll hopefully remember,” Hubbard said.

They show the happier times of a typical teenager. But for McLevish, those moments – and her life – have all been put on hold after a brain injury from the near drowning in early June.

“Everything has changed,” Hubbard said.


13 WTHR Indianapolis

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