Que­bec woman who had arms and legs am­pu­tated af­ter crash un­der­goes more surgery

The Western Star - - CANADA -

A young Que­bec woman whose arms and legs were am­pu­tated fol­low­ing a car crash on Christ­mas Day un­der­went fur­ther surgery this week to re­move more of her right leg, her sis­ter said Thurs­day.

Sa­man­tha Mon­geon said it was her sib­ling Sabryna’s sixth am­pu­ta­tion and ninth surgery since she was elec­tro­cuted fol­low­ing the De­cem­ber car crash.

Sabryna’s con­di­tion was listed as sta­ble Thurs­day and she was in a coma, Sa­man­tha said in an in­ter­view.

“The doc­tors are go­ing to give her a lit­tle break, (re­move the tube that has been al­low­ing her to breathe) and let her be a lit­tle more nor­mal,” said Mon­geon, 21.

She said it’s un­clear when Sabryna, 18, will wake up but she hopes it will be in the next few days.

The younger Mon­geon lost con­trol of her ve­hi­cle on Christ­mas morn­ing and col­lided with a hy­dro­elec­tric pole in western Que­bec.

Her sis­ter says elec­tri­cal wires fell on the car and Mon­geon was shocked by a charge of 14,500 volts when she ex­ited the ve­hi­cle.

She was ini­tially treated at a hos­pi­tal in Gatineau, Que., be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the burns unit of a Mon­treal hos­pi­tal.

She had parts of her arms and legs am­pu­tated soon af­ter the crash but has since re­quired ad­di­tional surg­eries to re­move a greater por­tion of her limbs.

An on­line fundrais­ing cam­paign had raised more than $146,000 as of noon Thurs­day.

Mon­geon said the fam­ily is over­whelmed by the pub­lic’s “unimag­in­able” gen­eros­ity fol­low­ing the tragedy.

They’re tired and in shock from the re­peated am­pu­ta­tions but stay­ing strong, she said.

“There’s a lot of ac­cu­mu­lated fa­tigue but we’re still strong, still united for Sabryna,” she said.

The dona­tions will help fund her sis­ter’s re­cov­ery, in­clud­ing pay­ing for mod­i­fi­ca­tions to her liv­ing space to give her as much in­de­pen­dence as pos­si­ble.

SA­MAN­THA MON­GEON VIA CP

Sa­man­tha Mon­geon kisses her sis­ter Sabryna in this un­dated hand­out photo. Sabryna Mon­geon’s arms and legs were am­pu­tated fol­low­ing a car crash on Christ­mas.

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