Fundraising campaign picks up speed for 18-year-old who lost limbs after being electrocuted
Sabryna Mongeon was driving Christmas Day when the car skidded, hit a hydro pole was zapped with 14,500 volts
A young Quebec woman has had to have her arms and legs amputated after she spent four hours in freezing temperatures following an electric jolt that raced through her body.
Samantha Mongeon says her younger sister Sabryna, 18, was driving a car early on Christmas morning when she lost control of the vehicle and collided with a hydroelectric pole in western Quebec.
"The pole did not fall down but wires came down and fell on her vehicle,'' Mongeon told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.
"She was afraid it would catch fire so she left the vehicle [and] it was at that moment that she received an electrical charge of 14,500 volts.''
Mongeon said the jolt entered through her sister's hands, coursed through her body and exited her two feet, adding that "she immediately lost her left foot.''
She remained conscious for four hours and painfully tried to get back into her car but wasn't able to start it to get some heat, her sister said.
Mongeon said a "Good Samaritan saw the vehicle, called 911 and stayed with her and warmed her in his arms'' until help arrived.
Police have the man's name, but he didn't want it published in the media.
$100K fundraising goal
Mongeon said Sabryna left their mother's home in Luskville, in western Quebec, to return to her Gatineau home and took the backroads because the main roads were in bad shape.
The amputations took place when she was transferred to the burns unit of a Montreal hospital.
The older Mongeon, 21, said she started a fundraiser on the "Onedollargift'' website so their mother can spend as much time as possible at her daughter's side.
She added the hospital foundation, which helps burn victims, only allows five days of lodgings for the families of patients. They stay in a residence next to the downtown hospital.
Mongeon said originally she wanted to collect $10,000 so her mother could stay there, then raised the target to $50,000 ''for my little sister so she can get all the necessary care."
But later Wednesday, Mongeon again increased the fundraising goal to $100,000 which had raised more than $45,000 by Thursday morning.
Mongeon expressed her thanks to those who had made donations, saying it's something she would never have imagined.
She said her sister's courage "gives us the strength to stay close to her and encourage her 100 per cent.'