WILKES-BARRE — The family of a Kingston woman who was impaled by an unattended beach umbrella has released a statement thanking those who came to her aid and saying they are looking forward to bringing her home.
Jill Mendygral was vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland, when she was struck in the chest by a beach umbrella after a strong gust jarred it loose, according to the Ocean City Beach Patrol. Mendygral was sitting on the 54th Street beach Sunday afternoon.
Aubriana Brace, Mendygral’s daughter, issued a statement in response to media requests for comment.
“On behalf of my sister, my brother, our family and my mother, we want to thank all those who helped and responded to the horrific event that happened to my mother that caused her to suffer excruciating pain and trauma requiring emergency surgery and continued medical treatment.
“We are so very grateful to the Maryland State Police and the doctors and nurses at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center for their care and compassion. Our family is deeply grateful for everything they did for my mom.
“At this time, our family asks for privacy for my mom as she regains her strength after undergoing extensive surgery and receives the proper medical treatment she will need following this frightful experience so that she can continue recovering in peace. We love our mother dearly and look forward to having her back home with us. Thank you.”
According to Ocean City Beach Patrol Lt. Mike Stone, at approximately 3:10 p.m. Sunday, a gust dislodged an unattended beach rental umbrella that flew into Mendygral and impaled her.
“Lifeguards were able to keep the woman seated in a chair,” said Stone. “They had to hold the wooden umbrella pole to prevent further damage.”
Stone continued: “When paramedics and the fire department arrived, they had to cut the umbrella with a saw.”
Mendygral was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.
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