Archive for Thursday, July 20, 2006

Golf cart accident hospitalizes girl

July 20, 2006

A fall Saturday from a golf cart in Concordia, Neb., while visiting relatives sent Rayah Kobza, daughter of Marty and Nicke Kobza to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., with a head injury.

The 11-year-old daughter of the Eudora USD 491 Superintendent was taken to a Nebraska hospital before being transferred at 2 a.m. by helicopter to the Kansas City hospital for treatment.

Rayah's condition improved over the weekend, family friend Roberta Lehmann said. She remained in the hospital Tuesday for observation. In addition, the needed medication has to be administered in the hospital.

"She's just doing good, but the pain medication is not lasting very long," Lehmann said.

With the pain medication, Rayah has been trying to overcome nausea, Lehmann said.

"With a head injury like this, it's just day to day," Lehmann said. "There's nothing life threatening. There's no brain damage ---- she's just in a lot of pain."

The injury occurred Saturday as Rayah was riding in a golf cart while holding her little sister Atley, Lehmann said. Also in the cart were Rayah's brother Jaxn and a teenage driver.

The cart turned sharply throwing Jaxn, Rayah and Atley out.

Both Atley and Jaxn landed without injury. Atley fell on Rayah, which broke her fall.

"(Rayah's) head hit the pavement and kind of bounced off the pavement," Lehmann said.

Nicke rode in the air ambulance with Rayah to the hospital, Lehmann said.

"Marty had to drive back ---- I can't imagine being the parent left behind to drive," Lehmann said.

After conducting Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans, the doctors found Rayah sustained a skull fracture at the base of one ear and bleeding, which has since stopped.

Members of the Kobzas extended family have pitched in to help. At first, Rayah's siblings stayed in Nebraska with relatives, but have now had the chance to visit their sister.

"There's obviously going to be a lot of support for her (Nicke) and Marty," Lehmann said.

School district officials have also worked to support the family, Lehmann said. "Rich Proffitt and Don Grosdidier have picked up the slack so Marty doesn't have to worry about it."

Help has also been extended from the community, Lehmann said.

"I know our softball team is sending gifts, and I know people have been sending stuff," Lehmann said.

"As word kind of gets out, I'm sure there will be even greater support."

"That is what makes this town an amazing town to live in. When something like that happens, everyone steps in to take care of whatever."

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