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Injured skydiver to return

A British Columbia woman who was seriously injured after a skydiving accident in Arizona is expected to be transported back to Canada.

Kenzie Markey’s father, Joe, confirmed to CTV News in a series of emails that his 32-year-old daughter will be flown back to Canada on Tuesday.

"She should be in (Vancouver), B.C., this evening," Markey said on Tuesday. "Her condition is the same and she is very happy to be going back to Canada."

A seasoned jumper, Kenzie was injured on April 6 just outside of Phoenix, Ariz., during a skydiving expedition. Her parachute collapsed during the jump and she fell to the ground. Kenzie suffered a number of serious injuries, including a broken femur, pelvis, toe and ribs, along with facial and head injuries and a collapsed lung.

The Nova Scotia native, who now calls Squamish, B.C., home, underwent three surgeries in the U.S.

Markey estimated his daughter's medical bills would total approximately $500,000, and the cost to transport her back to Canada by air ambulance would be between $25,000 and $45,000.

A fundraiser was started earlier this month to help her family with the mounting bills. Although Kenzie had insurance, her policy did not cover extreme sports-related incidents.

So far, more than $16,000 has been raised. A goal of $50,000 had been set by Kenzie's friend, Kelley Richardson, who started the campaign. It ends on June 9.

Meanwhile, Markey said he plans on leaving Nova Scotia on Wednesday morning to join his daughter in Vancouver. She will be staying at Lions Gate Hospital.

Once there, Markey said British Columbia’s health care system will pay an amount equal to the cost for equivalent care in a Canadian hospital.


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