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Euroa community shows support for Emily Quattrocchi after life-changing accident

By Tara Whitsed

The Euroa community has rallied behind Emily Quattrocchi, who was injured when her vehicle collided with a tree on the Euroa-Shepparton Rd on July 20.

Ms Quattrocchi, 24, was flown to Melbourne where she has since had life-saving surgery and treatment, but her injuries have left her a paraplegic.

The community has already raised almost $20000 to support the family during Ms Quattrocchi’s long rehabilitation.

A Go Fund Me page was established by Euroa’s Jacqui Thomson, who said her friend had just returned from the trip of a lifetime, volunteering with Cambodian Clean Water and Toilet Project.

‘‘Just days after arriving home, Emily was involved in a life-changing car accident,’’ Ms Thomson said on the page.

‘‘(She was) kept in an induced coma for close to two weeks while her poor body tried to do some healing.’’

Now off strong sedation, Ms Quattrocchi was much more alert, but still unable to speak because of a tracheotomy helping her breathe.

‘‘Emily does recognise family and is communicating non-verbally, which is a very promising sign,’’ Ms Thomson wrote.

It has been a difficult time for the family, who has been by her side in Melbourne since the accident and will need to be in the city for the next six months.

‘‘I started this fundraising effort in the hope that our great little community can come together for Emily and her family as there so many unexpected costs that have arisen due to the extent of Emily’s injuries,’’ Ms Thomson said.

‘‘(These include) extended accommodation for (Emily’s mother) Lyn in Melbourne, equipment, modifications and unknown ongoing costs for Emily.

‘‘It’s fair to say that a once very active 24-year-old is going through hell and back right now."

‘‘Any donation will be gratefully received and hopefully help ease the stress in some small way.’’

You can donate at www.gofundme.com/help-emily-with-her-long-recovery