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Work has now begun on the renovation that will make it possible for 7-year-old McKenzie Harris to return home following a devastating accident that left her quadriplegic, thanks in large part to the generosity of the Ron and Don Nation. (Kim Shepard/KIRO Radio)

Update: Work begins to bring McKenzie home

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Work has now begun on the renovation that will make it possible for 7-year-old McKenzie Harris to return home following a devastating accident that left her quadriplegic. And it wouldn't be possible without the generosity of the Ron and Don Nation.

We've been following the story of McKenzie and her family ever since the New Year's Day crash near their Eatonville home that seriously injured her parents Sara and Doug Harris and her 3-year-old brother Wyatt. McKenzie remains in a hospital bed, quadriplegic and reliant on a ventilator to breath.

She's been at Seattle Children's Hospital for more than three months now and although her recovery will take years, doctors say McKenzie will be ready to go home soon. So, General Contractor Chris Menard says they're working hard to make the Harris home ready for her.

About 30 people are expected to help with demolition this weekend, including a team of Pierce County Firefighters. Most of the items needed for the renovation have been donated, including an elevator and elevator installation, a walk-in shower for McKenzie, contractor and architectural services.

They've got the manpower, they've got most of the supplies, and Chris says they're trying to make sure McKenzie doesn't have to spend any more time in the hospital than necessary.

As for McKenzie, it's two steps forward and one step back in her recovery. Doug, Sara, and Sara's parents are learning how to take care of McKenzie when she comes home. Doug says the ladies seem to be a little better at it than the guys right now.

Doug admits he's worried about how they'll get McKenzie home from the hospital, and take her to and from doctor's appointments. They haven't yet been able to secure a van than can accommodate his daughter.

But, he's trying to focus on the positive, like when his little girl asks her dad to take her to school each day in the hospital - so she can show off her new skills with her motorized wheelchair.

Kim Shepard, KIRO Radio Reporter
Kim Shepard is a news anchor and reporter for KIRO Radio and the office optimist. She's energetic, quick to laugh and has a positive outlook on life.
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