Accidental Tourist Takes Lucky Turn To Payson

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Most folks wouldn't call themselves lucky if their legs and feet were crushed during a head-on automobile accident, and they had to spend a year in a wheelchair recovering. But Rim country Realtor Kim Ross does.

"Everything that has happened in my life has led me to be thankful for how lucky I am," she said, hinting at the resiliency and strength of will that helped her recover from the accident four years ago.

Born and raised in Boston, Ross attended Quincy College and went to work for Intertell Communications in her home state before falling in love with the Rim country during a visit to Payson more than five years ago.

"I felt like I needed a change and there were some opportunities here so I decided to move," she said.

But a year after the move, her life took an unexpected turn.

One morning on her way to work, Ross lost control of her car on Highway 87 south of Pine and ran head-on into an embankment. The impact pushed the engine into her legs, shattering her shins and feet.

"Surgeons placed pins and plates in both legs holding my ankles together," she said.

She spent the next year in a wheelchair, but from that vantage point she could clearly see how many friends she'd made in the Rim country and how generous the people are here.

"They even built a handicapped accessible ramp at the home where I lived," she said. "Everyone just took care of me, and I'll never forget that.

"At times I just wanted to give up, but these people said I either needed to get (on with life or) things would just get worse," she said. "I guess I just needed to get off the pity-pot."

Ross has since fully recovered from her injuries and brought her busy life which includes a real estate career at Coldwell Banker and late-night studying for her real estate brokers license back up to full speed.

And in October, she will tell you, she enjoyed her luckiest day yet. She married Payson Fire Chief John Ross and honeymooned in Fiji.

"Now I'm married to the most wonderful guy in the world," she said. "I am so lucky."

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