The Healing Power of Art

Meet Kenzey, a senior at John Bapst. Kenzey and her family know all too well what it’s like to spend time in Eastern Maine Medical Center‘s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She was just eight years old when she and her dad took off in their ultralight aircraft for a short ride from a small airfield in Eastbrook, Maine on August 5, 2008.

Due to unknown circumstances, the ultralight plane crashed into the salt waters of Taunton Bay in Franklin. Officials believe Kenzey’s dad died instantly. Members of the community were able to reach the wreckage, unstrapped Kenzey’s seat belt, and pull her from the waters. She had no pulse and was unresponsive. Luckily, CPR was successful and Kenzey was airlifted to EMMC. She sustained several broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and a significant brain injury from the impact and lack of oxygen while being submerged underwater. She remained in a coma for six days with her family not knowing if she would recover physically or mentally.

On the seventh day, with her family by her side, Kenzey emerged from the coma. She immediately recognized her family, and said, “This place is not like home.”

Although her life was forever changed by this tragedy, Kenzey is grateful for the phenomenal care she received in the PICU, and she wanted to “give back” and say “thank you” by creating these intricately detailed animal paintings that will now adorn the walls of the PICU.

Thank you, Kenzey, and thank you for sharing your story!

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