A Sonora girl who suffered devastating injuries in a May auto accident is scheduled to come home from a San Francisco rehabilitation center this week, according to a spokesman for the medical facility.
Kevin McCormack, a spokesman for the California Pacific Regional Rehabilitation Center, said Monday that Nicole Kolpack, 17, is due to be released and go home after making incredible strides in her recovery from an accident that left her comatose for six weeks.
"She's doing really well considering the condition she was in when
she first arrived here," McCormack said. "She's had a remarkable
recovery and is just thriving."
The teen was the lone occupant of the pickup truck she was driving
when it left Campo Seco Road, plunged 40 feet down an embankment and
struck a tree. Kolpack wore her seatbelt during the accident, and no
alcohol or drugs were involved, according to the California Highway
Patrol, which issued no citations in connection with the accident.
A fundraiser for Kolpack took place Aug. 22 and raised more than
$50,000 toward medical expenses that have climbed near the $1 million
mark, according to family sources.
Kolpack's mother, Bonnie, wrote on the NicoleWillWalk.com blog
Saturday that "when Nicole comes home she will not need any special
medical equipment, she will go to therapists outside the home under the
supervision of her team in (San Francisco). She may take a long time to
shower, get dressed, style her hair and put her make up on ... but she
was like that before! So we don't care if she's slow for a while. We'll
take it. With smiles on our faces."
She added, "There has been an entire village in Tuolumne County and
an army of people scattered in the U.S. and other countries as well,
that have kept (our family) together and sane (barely sane) throughout
our ordeal. We and the rest of our family thank all of you for helping
us do this. The prayers, the short words of encouragement, the hugs,
have worked, for Nicole and us. Thank you all more than we can ever
relay to you, ever."