On May 12 (as reported in the May 14 Edition of the Times-Independent), 25-year old Moab resident and Moonflower Community Cooperative’s deli team member, Kima Bennett, was involved in a near fatal ATV accident.
Details of the accident are unclear, but it is known that she was riding in the passenger seat of an ATV while heading back to Kane Creek Campground, when the accident happened near the parking lot. Kima was flung from the vehicle, injuring her left arm and the right backside of her head. She sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) upon impact and was taken by air ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital In Grand Junction, Colorado, where she spent two days in a coma and three weeks in the Intensive Care Unit.
Kima has no memory of the accident and the first 10 days she spent in the ICU. Her eyesight has been affected with double vision, although it is improving. She also lost her sense of smell, a common side effect of TBI, and is deaf in one ear.
Kima wholeheartedly participated in neuro-rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitative services as an inpatient, and began outpatient therapy in Salt Lake City on June 18.
Kima is doing miraculously well, and she is in good spirits. She is slowly beginning to cook again, and looks forward to returning to her passion for creating food for the community. However, she is facing a significant road to recovery ahead. It is expected that Kima will need rehabilitative services and housing modifications going forward.
Kima was working as a valuable team member at Moonflower Community Cooperative before the accident happened. Though it is unclear when she will be able to resume work, she looks forward to working as part of the Moab community when she is able to do so.
Donations in the form of financial aid and support services are very much welcome. A GoFundMe (gf.me/u/x34pir) has been set up to help defray the costs of helicopter flight, hospital and health care, as well as to help make her Moab housing situation handicap accessible. Please donate if you can.
You may also reach out to Kima directly at email@example.com.
— The Moonflower Community
Cooperative Family and Friends, Moab