LEHIGH – “She’s just a very active teenager.”
That’s how Angie Kiefer, of Lehigh, describes her daughter, Emma Kiefer.
The 17-year-old senior at Southeast Webster-Grand High School is recovering at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines after the car she was driving was hit on Oct. 27.
While driving home from a baby-sitting job, Kiefer was hit on the driver’s side of her car by another driver who ran a stop sign. The accident happened at the intersection of U.S. Highway 169 and 290th St. near Callender.
Kiefer was originally taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center before being airlifted to Blank.
She’s been recovering at the hospital ever since.
Angie Kiefer said her daughter has many interests and, before the accident, was involved in different activities.
“She is a 4-H’er and she does the rabbit project there,” Angie Kiefer said. “Her dad (Mark) and I are the leaders of the club.”
Emma Kiefer competed in county and state fair shows, and has received awards for her hard work, according to her mother.
“She’s got two does and a buck, and the buck is the one she took down to the state fair,” Angie Kiefer said. “She won best of breed with the buck.”
Her daughter also enjoyed showing rabbits because it was something she could do year-round.
“She’s also started doing some open shows this past year,” her mother said.
But Emma Kiefer lives up to her mother’s assessment: very active.
There are other interests besides 4-H.
“She also likes to do woodworking and refinishing old pieces of furniture,” Angie Kiefer said. “She likes to take pictures, but she’s not really into photography.”
Emma Kiefer has also participated in a project in which she does obedience with her two dogs, both miniature poodles.
“She did it several years ago and has continued to do it for a couple years,” her mother said.
But since the accident, what Angie Kiefer has really appreciated is the response from the community.
That community is planning a benefit Saturday for Emma Kiefer called Nibbles for Emma. It will feature live and silent auctions.
The benefit’s name comes from one of Kiefer’s rabbits, Nibbles.
“They never cease to amaze me with what they’ll do,” her mother said.
What really surprised her is how people across the state have responded.
“People from my hometown (Storm Lake) are jumping in and helping and saying they’re coming,” she said. “My sister lives in Clarinda and they’ve gotten so many people to donate and send money.”
“It’s people I don’t even know,” she added.
As for her daughter’s recovery, Angie Kiefer said Emma Kiefer is still in critical care, but on Tuesday doctors moved her to another part of the hospital and are weaning her from some medications.
Despite it all, Angie Kiefer remains thankful for the support her family has received.
“We thank everybody for everything,” she said. “It’s going to be a long haul.”