Jemima Menkhus

First post: Nov 9, 2022 Latest post: Mar 25, 2023
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Jemima's first words to me:  "Don't cry mom.  I'm still me - still Jemima.  My body has served me and now I don't have it but I'm still here." Her attitude, positivity, and humor has truly been an incredible inspiration to so many us.  She is very aware of the difficult road ahead but in Jemima style she is ready to take it on.
Her spinal cord was severed at c6 and c7 and is paralyzed from the top of her arm pits down.  She had a 4 hour surgery when she arrived by life flight Friday night to clean out bone fragments and repair as much as possible those vertebrae.  She speaks very frankly that she knows she will never have use of her legs and is adamant that we don't have false expectations.  As you will see from the video Jeff posted - she has quite a bit of mobility in her arms but her hands and fingers are not functioning.  Another vertebrae (c3) was also damaged and the doctors are waiting to see how the first surgery heals and what things look like after the swelling goes down to determine whether she will need to have a second surgery.  Jemima wants to put all her energy into getting as much mobility as possible in her hands.

Jemima is in ICU currently and will most likely remain there for several days at least.  Her greatest need right now is to rest and heal. 

What I most of all want to acknowledge at this point with deep gratitude is JEMIMA IS STILL HERE!

Practicing hope,


On Friday, November 4 Jemima was on her way from Portland to Louisville when her Toyota Forerunner lost a wheel.. She lost control of the car and it rolled. She ended up pinned under the car. She was life flighted to Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska where she is in intensive care. She is doing well and will  be here for at least 10 days.   Eventually she will  be moved to the Madonna Rehabilitation Center for 4 months of rebab, She broke her spine and is a paraplegic. She is focused on getting back the use of her arms and hands.

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