A young basketball player continues to fight for her life after a terrible car accident while her sports community supports her.
Jade McKenney was left in a critical condition when the silver hatchback she and another occupant were traveling in collided with a tree along McMillans Road, near the intersection of Charles Eaton Drive, in Jingili on January 12.
The 13-year-old girl was flown with her mother Bridgette from Darwin to Adelaide, where she remains in an induced coma.
Jade McKenney, 13, was put into an induced coma after the car she was traveling in crashed into a tree on January 12.
His father flew to join the couple on the next available flight.
While Jade continues to receive specialist medical care, the Darwin basketball community has continued to show its support.
The McKenney family is well known at Ansett Basketball Club, with the young athlete representing the association in the under-14 and under-16 girls divisions during the 2023 championship season.
Since then, a GoFundMe created by family friend Jillian Malseed has raised more than $36,139 to cover ongoing medical costs.
“Although (Jade’s) condition remains critical, her fighting spirit shines every day,” Malseed wrote.
‘His medical team is closely monitoring his progress and are doing everything they can to support his recovery. However, it is still too early to determine the full extent of his injuries.’
Family has been a constant source of strength, comfort and inspiration, he added.
“Jade’s parents, brother and family have given their all during this difficult time, navigating the complexities of her medical journey; their unwavering love and dedication is truly remarkable,” the fundraiser reads.
The Darwin basketball community has joined the McKenney family (pictured) in providing financial support for Jade’s ongoing medical costs.
‘Remaining firm in their determination to give you all their love and the best possible care.
“Together, we can help provide the financial support and encouragement Jade needs to get through this challenging chapter in her life.”