A newlywed American tourist, who was critically injured in a car crash that killed her husband, has been transferred out of intensive care to a high dependency unit, Waikato District Health Board said.
Kirsten Steinke's condition had improved to the point that she can begin her recovery and gather her strength, her parents said today.
Jim and Gerri Steinke added that their daughter was continuing to communicate with them and hospital staff "thanks to the world wide efforts of support and prayer by so many."
The 28-year-old's condition is now listed as serious but stable.
Kirsten's husband Kallan Stithem, 31, was killed when their car collided with a truck as they pulled out from Waitomo Caves Rd onto State Highway 3 on September 20.
The honeymooners from Denver, Colorado, had been married less than a week when the crash occurred.
Mr Stithem's parent's, Gary and Jean, have returned to Denver with their son's ashes.
- Herald Online