Reeves’ return Injured FHS senior getting back into routine
By Bryan Navarette
After three months of rehabilitation, Kennedy Reeves’ return home was nothing short of a surprise — for her.
“My friends threw me a surprise party,” the Frenship High School senior said, “and it was amazing. It was so insane and it was real icy that day. So, I couldn’t believe that many people were there.”
Reeves returned to Wolfforth on Feb. 25, two days before her birthday, after being hit by a truck earlier in the school year, and has since begun to get back to her regular routine.
“(Coming home) was awesome,” the Frenship High School senior said. “I knew it was going to be amazing, but I didn’t realize how amazing it was going to be.”
According to an earlier report, Reeves, 18, 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.
Reeves said she plans on returning to FHS on Thursday and attend school one day a week while going to rehab on the others.
“I have choir the day that I go back so getting back to choir and getting back to art and all those fun things is exciting. (My art) gets better every time I do it and so it’s really cool to see it get better and stuff. I’m not where I was before but it’s gotten a lot better and it’s exciting.”
Reeves was at University Medical Center, where she improved to satisfactory condition on Dec. 17 and was 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.
Reeves currently is in an outpatient rehab program at The Transitional Learning Center where she is continuing to work to get to full health.
“It doesn’t feel like I was gone for three months,” Reeves laughed. “I feel like it was yesterday.”
According to The Transitional Learning Center website, the facility treats patients who are well enough to leave the hospital but still need rehabilitative services and care.
Reeves attended rehearsal Monday for the Frenship school musical for the first time since her injury.
“I’m really excited for that because musicals are my thing,” she said. “I’m going to be on Broadway after high school. So, I’m really excited to get back to the musicals and dance. I hope it goes well. I’m just excited to see everyone and start singing again. “
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