Kim Gray, a Sequim woman and single mom of two, fell off a cliff in Mexico resulting in multiple injuries, including loss of hearing and fractured bones.
Gray, director of Marketing and Admissions at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim, was on a trip for her 40th birthday with family when she sustained a 25-foot fall the evening of Feb. 9 in Sayulita, Mexico, along the southwestern coast of the country.
Gray’s boss and friend Heather Jeffers said she sustained two skull fractures, brain swelling, fractures in her left ear with surgery required to restore hearing, a scapula fracture, four fractured ribs, severe hematomas on both legs and limited mobility with her left leg.
Jeffers established a gofundme at gofund.me/56dcdd5e — or search the site for “Kim Gray’s medical expenses fund” — with a goal to raise $25,000 for expenses. As of early this week, the effort has raised more than $13,000.
Gray must stay in Mexico until March 9, she wrote via email, and had to stay there because flying sooner could have caused severe brain and ear damage.
She had to pay hospital bills in cash and couldn’t leave until it was paid in full, Jeffers said. Gray is also dealing with ongoing lodging and medical care expenses.
Gray said she had stitches in a leg where she’s fighting an infection, and she had a broken ankle bone without much information so far.
“The main surgery will be to restore the hearing on my left ear and then most likely I will need surgery to fix my ankle,” she said.
She’ll learn more after another doctor visit this week, she said.
Gray was released to the care of her sister Christy and sister-in-law Naomi; Gray calls their care a “godsend.”
“Kim is a very tough and brave lady, but has a long road of recovery ahead of her and needs us to rally around her now, just as she would do the same for us,” Jeffers said in the online campaign.
Gray has two daughters: Rylee, 21, a Western Washington University student, and Alivia, 15, a Sequim student. They’ve lived in Sequim about 15 years, she said.
She’s worked for Avamere for about six years with her second stint at about two years. Gray said she’s been able to take leave and coworkers have donated some time off. She plans to apply for federal medical leave.
Her hope is that the gofundme supports her expenses in Mexico and back home along with some lost wages. She’s unsure when she’ll return to work though.
“I have been beyond amazed and grateful for all the love and support me and my kids have been shown during this crazy time,” Gray said.
“I have been very much reminded how good and kind people really are and I am so very blessed. It’s a bit of a humbling experience for me because I am not one to ask or allow help often, I definitely like to be able to do things on my own for my family, but I know I need support now and can not say thank you enough to all that have shown it in so many different ways.”
Read more about Gray and the experience at gofund.me/56dcdd5e.