College student injured in Colo. ski accident returns home

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A 20-year-old college student from St. Paul has returned home after a skiing accident in Colorado left her in a coma, FOX 9 reports.

It's been a long recovery for Ellie Cizek, who was a sophomore at the University of Kansas when she hit her head on a pole and tree while skiing in Winter Park last winter. She spent a week in a coma, and her family and friends were initially confronted with the possibility that she might not walk or talk again, FOX reported.

The Cretin-Derham Hall graduate has spend the last five months rehabilitating and re-learning some of life's basic tasks as part of grueling physical and cognitive rehabilitation, according to a website that has been tracking her recovery. She's now chatting and laughing with friends and family, playing with her dogs and strolling down the sidewalk in her neighborhood. She hopes to return to college life.

There's more information on her Caring Bridge site. A fundraiser for the family to help defray some of the $250,000 in medical costs is planned for Aug. 10.

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