Family starts GoFundMe page to raise money for young woman paralyzed in pool accident

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EAST QUOGUE -

An East End community is coming together to support a 28-year-old woman who was paralyzed in a pool accident.

Dana Barrett, of East Quogue, suffered a severe spine injury on June 30 while diving into a pool.

"She dove into the pool and she floated back up and we thought she was just messing around at first," said Seamus Cantwell, Barrett's boyfriend. "Then 30 seconds went by and we realized something was wrong."

Barrett, a strong swimmer and standout gymnast, apparently struck her head on the bottom of the pool.

The spine fracture paralyzed her, and left her unable to breathe on her own.

Family members say doctors don't know her prognosis yet. As of right now, she is paralyzed from the neck down.

"We're just living our lives hour to hour to make sure she's OK," said Barrett's cousin, Kendall Sherman. "Someone's at her side 24 hours a day so that when she wakes up, she knows she's not alone."

Barrett's family says the outpouring of support is much appreciated and much-needed.

Barrett is scheduled to have surgery sometime within a week. Then she will undergo stem cell treatments. Eventually she will go to a rehab center, which could cost as much as $5,000 a day.

Barrett's family has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for her medical costs.

 

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