A critically injured American newlywed, who survived the Waikato crash that killed her husband, is out of intensive care.
Kirsten Steinke, 28, was involved in a car accident near Waitomo Caves on September 20 which killed her husband Kallan Stithem, 31.
She has been in Waikato Hospital, but was transferred out of intensive care on Saturday.
Her parents said her condition had improved to the point that she could start her recovery.
Jim and Gerri Steinke said their daughter was continuing to communicate with them and hospital staff "thanks to the worldwide efforts of support and prayer by so many".
"We would like to take this time to thank all the nurses, consultants, support staff and registrars in the ICU for their tireless efforts in caring for Kirsten," the Steinkes said in a statement.
"We would like to give a special thank you to Annette Forrester and maxillofacial surgeons Steve Evans and Simon Lou for ensuring that Kirsten's jaw surgery was accomplished before more serious problems developed."
Ms Steinke has been transferred to a high dependency unit to continue her recovery.
Mr Stithem's parents returned home to Denver, Colorado, last week with their son's ashes.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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