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Local actress recovering from ski accident

by EMILY BONSANT
Hagadone News Network | April 1, 2022 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — Alex Cope, or Elizabeth in “Young Frankenstein” as fans of the Lake Pend Oreille Repertory Theater will know her, was injured in a skiing accident at Schweitzer recently.

Cope, who was flown via medical helicopter to Kootenai Health, has been in and out of a coma since the accident due to a fractured skull and brain bleed, according to a GoFundMe fundraising page set up to help with medical expenses.

"It’s been a rough 24 hours but she is doing better and the docs are confident she’ll recover," a post on the Lake Pend Oreille Repertory Theater social media said. "Please consider donating to help her and her family with the mounting medical expenses as well as life expenses while she recovers."

On March 29, 2022, Cope was involved in a ski accident on Schweitzer. She was life-flighted to Kootenai Health, where she is now being cared for. Her first night was spent in and out of a coma, but she is now conscious, according to the post Alex's neurological tests have been going well, but there is some concern about a significant bleed in her brain due to a fracture in her skull, according to friends in the post. It is unknown at this time how long she will need hospital care.

These funds will be given to Cope to help cover her medical bills, rent, and other living expenses she may need to meet while she cannot work.

“The community has quickly rallied to support Alex in her time of need,” Sarah Morgan, the fundraiser said in an update on the GoFundMe page. The fundraiser raised $10,000 in less than 24 hours to help Alex pay her medical expenses as well as her rent while she recovers.

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