Local woman critically injured in Colombia accident

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

The family of Schuyler Arakawa says she was swimming while on an excursion this past Saturday when a very large rock fell directly on her head, causing severe trauma to her skull.

She has undergone multiple surgeries in Colombia since, but remains in very delicate condition and needs to be airlifted back to the United States for further treatment.

Schuyler is said to be surrounded by her mother, her sister and some friends, who are continuing to update others of her progress on Facebook.

In one of the posts, they anticipated that Schuyler would be cleared to fly back to Miami, Fla. Monday morning, "to receive the best medical attention available at home."

Friends and family have since set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for the air ambulance that would bring her home, and to pay for the portion of her medical treatment that will not be covered by insurance.

Schuyler is said to be a bright young woman from Tampa who is a Gordon Grand Fellow at Yale University.  

The family's GoFundMe account is more than halfway to its fundraising goal.  Click here if you would like to help by donating.

Below is one of the most recent posts from the family, with encouraging news on Schuyler's recovery process:

 

Dear Global Family and Friends.... (From Schuy's mom, Dana and Saya Arakawa) The magic continues! The power of your love...

Posted by Schuyler Arakawa on Sunday, February 21, 2016

 

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