BRITISH COLUMBIA

Kenzie Markey, Canadian Injured In U.S., Faces $500,000 Medical Bill

04/22/2014 06:15 EDT | Updated 04/22/2014 06:59 EDT
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A Canadian woman who was injured in a skydiving accident in the U.S. is being flown home, but she owes $500,000 for her American medical care.

Kenzie Markey was skydiving in Arizona on April 6 when wind turbulence collapsed her parachute, Global News reports.

She suffered a collapsed lung, plus a fractured femur, toe, pelvis, skull, eye socket, nose, and elbow, according to a fundraising page set up to help Markey and her family pay for the expenses. More than $16,000 has been raised so far.

Markey, 32, is from Nova Scotia but currently lives in Pemberton, B.C. She's described as an adrenaline junkie, reports The Province. Markey's insurance was declared invalid because her injuries were caused by an extreme sport, according to the newspaper.

She’s strong,” Markey's mother, Sherry MacKenzie-Jennison, told CTV News. “She’s strong willed, so that’s going to help her get through it."

Markey is being flown back to Vancouver on Tuesday and will be taken straight to Lions Gate Hospital, according to Global News. The trip alone could cost up to $45,000.

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