THE Irish and show jumping fraternity in Wellington, Florida are rallying to raise money for Elaine O’Halloran (24), from Strandhill in Co Sligo, who has been left with spinal injuries after she was the lone survivor in a fatal car accident on Saturday, November 25th last.
O’Halloran had been working as a groom for Co Clare show jumper David Blake at Pine Hollow Stables. Blake described her as “one of the most loyal hardworking people I have had the pleasure of working with,” adding: “She truly is one in a million”.
She was travelling as a back seat passenger on the South Shore Boulevard in Wellington when the car left the road and crashed, resulting in the devastating death of the driver, Dana McWilliams (19) from Connecticut, and front seat passenger Christian Kennedy (21) from Iowa.
Elaine was taken immediately to St Mary's Medical Trauma Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has undergone reconstructive spinal surgery.
The 24-year-old will now undergo extensive rehabilitation in the local area, and Blake has set up a GoFundMe page online to help raise the vital funds for Elaine’s recovery, as she did not have medical insurance.
So far, the page has raised close to $80,000 of the $500,000 goal, with funds rising by the hour.
“We are fundraising to help cover the cost of Elaine's hospital stay and rehabilitation. Funds are needed immediately. All money raised will go solely to Elaine's medical and rehabilitation expenses. This will help Elaine to focus solely on her recovery and access the treatment she so desperately needs,” Blake said on the GoFundMe page.