Bay area student injured in Columbia coming home

- A young woman from the Bay area is fighting for her life in Colombia after a serious accident. 

On Friday, one of Schuyler Arakawa's excursions nearly cost her her life.

The Berkeley Prep-grad has been in South America on a Yale internship program. Schuyler and a friend were swimming in a river when a boulder fell from 30 feet above, crushing Schuyler's skull.

FOX 13 spoke to her friend by phone.

"I had absolutely no hope at that point that Schuyler was even alive. And that's she's alive right now is only by the grace of God and the strength of an incredible woman," Dana Blair said Monday.

Schuyler was pulled from the river and rushed to a local hospital. She suffered critical injuries to her skull, brain, and eyes. Her grandfather says the accident has been devastatingly surreal.

"You think, what are the chances that some freak thing like this, a boulder comes off the side of a mountain right where she was?" Schuyler's grandfather, Craig Hankenson said.

As Schuyler fights for her life, family and friends, including the Berkeley Prep community, are coming together. They're raising money online to cover out of pocket expenses and an air ambulance to get her back home.

In just two days, more than $130,000 has been raised.

"It says a lot about who Schuyler was and is and how she's impacted us as a community. And also her friends. Because they're really reaching out, trying to spread the word quickly," Berkeley Preparatory School's Kemp Hoversten said.

Family members say those positive thoughts and prayers are working. Schuyler is stable enough to be flown back to the U.S. While she is in a medically induced coma, loved ones says they're confident their fighter is going to pull through.

"There is no limit to the power of prayer. Having gone this far, I know she's going to be ok," Hankenson said.

Schuyler is expected to arrive via air ambulance to Miami Monday night.  She'll be taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where a number of surgeries are scheduled. 

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