Amanda Gonsalves, a high school junior and varsity cheerleader who was seriously injured during a practice earlier in the week, is at home recovering with her family.
Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss said Ms.Gonsalves was injured during practice at the high school on Thursday; emergency responders rushed to the scene and the cheerleader was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Mr. Weiss said Ms. Gonsalves reportedly broke at least one vertebrae in her neck. She was back home by Saturday, and her prognosis for recovery is good, he said.
“She is a lucky girl. And we are all very thankful for that,” Mr. Weiss said.
A fund has been set up at the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank to help Amanda’s family pay for the cost of her care and support during recovery. Donations can be sent to the Island nonprofit organization You’ve Got a Friend Inc., P.O. Box 1317 (A), West Tisbury, MA 02575. Donations may also be made at any branch of the savings bank.