Site says Clay may go to rehab

A Fort Dodge woman seriously injured in a motorcycle accident two weeks ago has recovered enough so that she can be transferred to a rehabilitation facility.

Katherine Clay, 36, who goes by the nickname Katie, has been recovering at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines since she and her husband, Fort Dodge dentist Dr. John Clay, were hurt in a motorcycle accident on June 26.

A posting on Clay’s CaringBridge account Tuesday evening said she will be transferred to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.

“This is good news as it shows that she is now stable enough to make the trip,” the posting read. “If her condition remains stable, she will be transported on Thursday morning.”

Previous posts from her husband indicated Clay was recently fighting an infection, and also had a feeding tube removed from her nose and placed into her stomach.

“She is opening her eyes more and more,” a posting from July 6 read. “She is breathing completely on her own and no longer requires IV fluids.”

Attempts to reach Clay’s relatives were unsuccessful Wednesday night.

Clay and her husband were injured on June 26 while riding their 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the couple was heading north on North 15th Street on the inside lane. As they turned west onto 10th Avenue North, they made a left turn in front of a 1994 Chrysler Concorde which was heading south on North 15th Street.

The two vehicles collided and the Clays were thrown from their motorcycle. John Clay was treated and released at Trinity Regional Medical Center, but Katie Clay was flown to Des Moines for treatment.

Neither was wearing a helmet, according to the Iowa State Patrol, which is investigating the accident.

A CaringBridge post said Katie Clay is being moved to a new facility, but that she still has a long recovery ahead of her.

“Please keep the prayers coming as this next step of her journey will undoubtedly be (a) long and difficult one,” the post said. “But we know that through Katie’s determination and God’s healing hand, Katie will pull through this.”