A Westport mother has a very different life than a week ago after a tree hit her head and back, leaving the real estate attorney and Zoning Board of Appeals member paralyzed from the chest down.
Victoria Gouletas, was outside her home during the March 7 Nor'easter when an overhead tree snapped, fell and crushed her, wrote her friend Suzanne Karpick on the GoFundMe page she created to help the family cope with their new way of life.
"The tree hit her head and back, leaving her with multiple fractures in her neck, left scapula and sternum," Karpick wrote. "Additionally, it broke her back between the T3 and T4 vertebrae, causing paralysis from the chest down. The current prognosis is that she will never walk again."
That means the wife and mother of three children, ages 10, 9 and 2-years-old will need a new home and vehicle to deal with her paralysis.
"Her recovery over the months and years ahead will be a marathon, not a sprint," Karpick said on the page, "and the out of pocket costs of retrofitting her life while continuing to care for her family will be immense and ongoing."
Some of the upcoming expenses will include a house renovation or relocation, vehicles that accommodate her limitations, ongoing nursing care, as well as supplemental childcare and housekeeping services.
The group is hoping to raise $75,000 as a start, but know that longterm, the costs will be enormous. As of 5 p.m., Wednesday more than $51,000 had been raised.
"We know Victoria can do this, and we know it will be made easier with all of your support and prayers," said Karpick.
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