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Overwhelmed with gratitude after accident

Dear Editor:

We are writing to thank the plethora of people who helped us and our 8-year-old daughter, Maya, after her recent bike accident. On Wednesday, a leisurely family ride on the bike path on the Snowmass Club golf course turned terrifying when Maya lost control and fell 6 to 8 feet down into Brush Creek.

Her helmet likely saved her life when she struck a boulder, but she still ended up with a skull fracture, a broken wrist, a split forehead and chin, and other cuts and bruises. Ryan Smith allowed a shirtless, panicked man and his badly bleeding daughter to ride on his golf cart up to Owl Creek Road, while his friends Hayley Kremer, Olivia Porcaro and Emily Daly helped call 911.

There, we were met by Brady Jax and Brian Olson of the Snowmass Village Police Department, followed shortly by Brandon Potter, Jason Smith, Jeff Edelson, Greg Garwood and Dan Burch of the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District.

At Aspen Valley Hospital, Maya received quick and tender care from emergency room Drs. Kimberly Levins and John Schultz, and from nurses Miles Wagner, Emily Albers and Maggie Miller. We would also like to thank Drs. Tomas Pevny (again) and Phyllis Whitman, and physical therapist Stephanie Ryan. We apologize if we missed anyone who also helped us.

All of you do such incredibly difficult jobs so incredibly well.

Finally, we are also grateful to Principal Doreen Goldyn and to Maya’s classmates in Mimi Hauenstein’s second-grade class at Aspen Elementary for sending her healing light; and to our kind and considerate neighbors (too many to name), friends and family for all of your support.

Maya’s recovery will be lengthy, but she is resting quietly and comfortably thanks to everyone we encountered during this nightmarish accident. Our gratitude toward each and every one of you is immeasurable.

Chad, Heather and Maya Abraham

Snowmass Village

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