COLUMBUS (WCMH) — NBC4 News in Columbus talked to the mother of Ohio State Fair Fire Ball ride victim Jennifer Lambert on Wednesday.
Denise Gonzalez said Jennifer has made some progress — moving her legs and hands and opening her eyes for a brief moment — but she still remains in a coma.
NBC4’s Tyler Carter talked to Jennifer’s uncle, Bruce Lenox, who said the last few days have taken an emotional toll on his family.
“I want her back with family. I just want her back.”
On Wednesday, Columbus police released body camera video showing first responders and police tending to victims. Jennifer Lambert was a victim in the middle of it all.
“I want to get up to my piece and I want to say in her ear, ‘Jennifer, I love you, this is uncle,’ and I want to say words beyond what I can say,” Lenox said.
He said he wants to see Jennifer back to her old self again.
“I just want Jennifer back as one. I want to know her as she was growing up. This is Jennifer, this is happy go lucky Jennifer.”
Her family said she was at the fair with her boyfriend, 22-year-old Jacob Andrews, when the Fire Ball malfunctioned. Andrews was also hurt during the ride.