By Jeff Rebitski

Staff Writer

Kora is the shiny nine-year-old young lady who tragically was struck by a vehicle on the first day of school. The accident left her with permanent injuries to her legs and arm as well as some neurological trauma. The incident took place in the crosswalk near Main Street and Baldwin Creek in Lander. 

Her injuries, serious in nature, required three trips to Denver for treatments, skin and nerve grafts, plastic surgery, and physical and occupational therapy as well as trauma support for the foreseeable future, according to her mother. The amount of damage that was done was so much more than they ever expected, but who expects these things to happen? 

“This really has been an eye-opening experience for the entire family,” said Kora’s mother Jessica Hedges. “The other kids were really shocked by the number of injuries their sister sustained in the accident. They have really rallied around Kora and it has brought us all together.” Kora has yet to return to school and is being tutored at home. She has some hurdles to overcome before her return to class, both physical and emotional. At nine-years old, she has mobility issues and lacks the full use of the arm that was damaged in the accident. 

The benefit dinner being held on January 21 is one more effort by this strong community to support this even stronger child through a difficult time. The dinner will be held at the Elks Lodge in Riverton, located at 205 E. Main Street. The event is a chili dinner and will take place from 3-6 p.m. and a benefit BINGO game will take place to support the cause. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. 

The costs of treatment for Kora have been exorbitant, but as her mom says, “It has been humbling to see how much the community has reached out to us in support of Kora. We can’t begin to show our appreciation for all the love we have received.” 

The staff at The Ranger, Lander Journal, and Wind River News hopes that the community will come out to support this effort and looks forward to having Kora maintain her trajectory of healing and hope.