Ballet dancer Lucila Munaretto returns to stage after horrific accident
Munaretto was in a coma for two weeks after colliding with a minivan while in-line skating
It's taken eight months, but Coastal City Ballet dancer Lucila Munaretto is finally back on point after she collided with a minivan while in-line skating in North Vancouver in August 2015.
The Argentine dancer was put in a medically-induced coma for two weeks after suffering a broken jaw, neck injury and brain injury as a result of the accident.
Now, though, Munaretto is set to perform in Coastal's Swan Lake on May 21 in Vancouver and June 10 in Surrey.
"When I was lying in the hospital and the doctors would tell me, well maybe you won't be able to dance again," she said. "I was like nope, nope that's not true."
Munaretto says she's had to approach her return to dance like she was starting from the beginning.
"I just try to remember what was my feeling when I was four years old and I bring it back to now," said the 21-year-old.
Coastal City Ballet director Katrina Bois says the whole company has been supporting her, and a GoFundMe.com page has raised close to $45,000 to help with her medical expenses and rehabilitation.
"Once we knew that she was going to recover from her accident, in the sense that she was going to be in the ballet, we knew she'd be able to fight that far and that fast," said Bois.
Munaretto credits her love of ballet for helping her to get back on her feet quickly, although she says she may not be as physically strong as she was before.
"The injuries were a blessing because I'm not able to cheat any more, I'm learning to use my body properly," she said, adding that she's filled with optimism about the upcoming performance.
"I'm feeling like I'm alive again."
With files from Brenna Rose