Crash survivor leaves hospital

HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITERDecember 16, 2006 

The sole survivor of the crash of Comair Flight 5191 left Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital yesterday after about two months there.

James M. Polehinke, 44, of Margate, Fla., entered the rehabilitation facility after being discharged from University of Kentucky Hospital in October. Doctors at UK amputated his left leg and implanted hardware to stabilize his back. Polehinke's spine was broken, and he has suffered some paralysis.

Polehinke was the co-pilot on the flight that crashed Aug. 27 at Blue Grass Airport killing 49 people.

"We would like to thank the community for their support," said Cardinal Hill spokeswoman Jenny Wurzback. "We are pleased with the progress Mr. Polehinke has made and wish him the best in the future."

Reached by phone, Polehinke's mother Honey Jackson did not want to comment about her son.

Television news video showed him getting off a plane in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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