UPDATE: A Vancouver ballerina who was in a coma for two weeks after suffering a brain injury in a rollerblading accident, has been released from hospital.
Lucila Munaretto spoke with CKNW and although she says she doesn’t remember the accident, she vows to dance again with the help of loved ones around her.
“My dance teacher and my dance friends, they have been amazing to me. Also, my family is close to me all the time. They’ve been giving me support and power to go forward.”
In August, the 21-year- old Argentinean suffered serious injuries, when she collided with a mini-van while roller-blading in North Vancouver.
Friends from Coastal City Ballet and Pacific Dance Arts rallied around her, raising more than 40-thousand dollars online for her rehabilitation.
Dance colleague and friend Katie Bois says she believes Lucila we’ll be back doing what she loves.
“I have that belief in my heart, very much now, more than ever, I think if you’d asked me that a month ago, I may not have had the same answer.”
A Facebook post from her studio says she’s been busy making cards for all of the medical professionals who helped her along the way, including the first responders from the accident scene.
The fundraising efforts are continuing, as Lucila needs a wheelchair, walker, and shower bench.
Munaretto still has a long road to recovery, she will be attending physiotherapy.