PHOENIX - Kenzie Markey’s parents say the 32-year-old Nova Scotia native has always had an adventurous spirit.
“She likes seeking thrills and extreme sports like that,” said her father, Joe Markey.
An experienced diver, Kenzie Markey, met some friends in Phoenix earlier this month to celebrate her 100th jump.
“She’s jumped down there before,” said her father. “She is an avid skydiver, and squeezing in one last jump of the day.”
On April 6, something went terribly wrong. Witnesses say it looked like a dust devil may have caused her parachute to collapse.
The skydiver suffered head trauma, a collapsed lung, and a broken pelvis, femur, eye socket, nose and elbow. Amazingly, she is currently in stable condition.
Her mother caught the first flight out of Nova Scotia and has been by her side at Chandler Regional Hospital ever since.
“It’s very tough, very tough. and there’s nothing you can do to help them,” said Sherry Mackenzie Jennison. “You can’t take their place.”
Kenzie Markey has a long road ahead both physically and financially. Her parents say she has travel insurance, but in the fine print it claims to exclude extreme sports injuries, including those caused by skydiving.
At last check on April 14, her medical expenses were near $500,000. Her mother believes it could go higher.
“She’s strong, and she’s strong-willed. so that’s gonna help her get through,” said Jennison.