Family fundraise to thank hospital staff who saved Kenzie’s life

"Kenzie amazes me every day, but she couldn’t have made this incredible recovery without the care and dedication of the staff.”

On 12th June 2019, 12-year-old Kenzie was hit by a motorbike on the way to meet her brother.

Kenzie suffered fractures to the front and back of her skull, a bleed on the brain, a fractured collar bone, a fractured pelvis and internal bleeding in the spleen.

She was rushed to Leeds Children’s Hospital where surgeons removed a section of skull to relieve pressure caused by swelling of the brain, and later inserted a titanium plate to replace the bone.

Kenzie then contracted sepsis and was in a coma for three weeks fighting for her life, before finally being well enough to come home after three months in hospital.

Thanks to the efforts of staff on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Paediatric Neurosciences Ward Kenzie, now 13 survived and has made a remarkable recovery.

 

To mark a year since the accident, Kenzie’s mum Niki decided she wanted to fundraise for the two wards that saved Kenzie’s life.

On 27th June, Niki, her son Owen and three others cycled a whopping 56 miles from the family’s home in Acomb to the Clarendon Wing reception and back at Leeds Children’s Hospital!

Thanks to their fundraising efforts, the family have smashed their initial £1,000 target and raised a phenomenal £3,108.44 for Leeds Cares to be split between wards 52 and 47.

The family live in York, so Niki stayed by her daughters’ side, making the painful decision to leave her other two children at home.

 

Niki said, “We didn’t know if Kenzie was going to make it, we thought we were going to lose her twice and doctors warned us that she might not wake up. Kenzie amazes me every day, but she couldn’t have made this incredible recovery without the care and dedication of the staff.”

Kenzie and her entire family are so grateful to the staff who went above and beyond to support them throughout this traumatic time.