Reeves improving after Dec. accident
Frenship High senior Kennedy Reeves has begun rehabilitation with positive results after a crash late last year in front of her school.
“It’s going awesome,” she said, “I feel more like myself every day. It’s going a lot better than it was.”
Reeves was at University Medical Center, where she improved to satisfactory condition on Dec. 17, and has since transferred to Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, on Jan. 8.
According to the Craig Hospital website, it is a center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. It is a 93-bed inpatient/outpatient, nonprofit hospital that offers acute, short- and long-term care.
“(Rehabilitation) is naturally getting harder because they are making it harder, but I think it’s awesome,” Reeves said. “It’s really fun. I’ve mainly been working on walking again.”
The Frenship High School senior was hit by a truck while crossing FM 179 to the school.
Reeves, 17, had parked at Peoples Bank Stadium across from the school and was crossing the street shortly after 7 a.m. when she was struck. The driver of a Ford F-150, Roy Patrick, 64, apparently did not see her until the last minute, according to Wolfforth police. Patrick stopped to assist Reeves after the accident. He was cited for failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian at a crosswalk, according to Wolfforth police.
Christi Reeves, Kennedy’s mother, said Kennedy is expected to be released from Craig Hospital and making her way home on Feb. 26.
“It’s the day before my 18th birthday,” Kennedy said. “So, that’s even more exciting.”
Kennedy is active in choir and was recently featured in the Avalanche-Journal and Frenship Today after her boyfriend asked her to Homecoming via Broadway star Tiffany Haas. The star regularly plays Glinda in “Wicked.”
Christi said Kennedy is improving every day and should be walking on her own soon.
“She is walking quite a bit now,” she said, “and progressing in all areas. She is going to start music therapy this week with a music therapist and she is doing her artwork, which is exciting.”
Kennedy said she has kept in touch with her friends back at Frenship, including her choir group, and is inspired by their help to improve every day.
“I just want to thank everyone for all the support I’ve been getting,” Kennedy said. “It’s so awesome. It helps me and inspires me so much.”
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