Because of Siskin Hospital, I can soar again.

June 13, 2016

After 32 successful hang-gliding flights, Kiersten Quick felt ready to attempt ridge soaring – riding the wind along a ridge.

Once airborne, however, her flight went terribly wrong. After finishing her first pass down the mountain, a breeze pushed the glider towards the ridge. As Keirsten quickly shifted her body to turn away from the ridge, she realized she was flying too slowly when the glider instantly dropped several feet in the altitude necessary to escape plunging into the thickly wooded mountainside.

She fell through a tree, hitting every branch on the way down. Only near the bottom did her glider catch, suspending her bruised and broken body at ground level.

Unable to free herself, Kiersten could only wait for rescue. Though her first responders arrived within 15 minutes, it took three full hours to extricate and carry her out of the very steep, rocky mountain terrain. She had fractured her spine, humerus and tibia and had six broken ribs.

When Kiersten came to Siskin Hospital, she wore a “turtle” shell to protect her healing bones. But her indomitable spirit, and the caring and skilled staff, soon had her up and moving. She knew she was lucky to be alive and she worked hard to regain mobility and strength. Six months later, she’s back in her harness, ready to soar again.

Because of Siskin Hospital, I CAN.


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