Kings County native Kenzie Markey, left, was injured in a skydiving accident in Arizona recently. Her friend, Kelly Richardson, has organized an online fundraiser to help Markey’s family with her medical expenses. - Submitted
Kenzie Markey, who was injured in a skydiving accident in Arizona, is finally back in Canada. She arrived in Vancouver on Tuesday night, and is currently being treated at the Lions Gate Hospital.
Her father, Joe Markey of Harmony, reports that she is pleased to be back and that her condition is improving. Although she still needs assistance to do more taxing tasks like shower, Kenzie was still feeling well enough to take a selfie (a photo of herself) to post to her Facebook page. Markey notes that she still has a way to go before she is well, as she suffered brain trauma in her accident.
The 32-year-old crash landed in the desert on April 6, and her family had been facing financial difficulties to get her back home. With insurance unwilling to pay her hospital bills because skydiving is considered to be an extreme sport and the air ambulance costing over $22,000 to get her back to Canada, fundraising – both online and via Valley Credit Union branches – was a big help to the family.