Doris Quigley, the 17-year-old daughter of East Hampton Town Councilwoman Theresa Quigley and Tom Quigley, was released from the intensive care unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center this week, after severely injuring her neck in the surf at the Atlantic Avenue beach in Amagansett on Aug. 22.
She was moved on Tuesday to the Rusk Institute, a rehabilitation facility affiliated with New York University, according to an e-mail sent by Councilwoman Quigley to Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, who provided an update during a town board meeting that morning,
Mr. Wilkinson said he had visited the hospital over the weekend, and that Doris was able to move her right leg and her arms, although use of her hands is still restricted, as is movement in her left leg.
The Rusk Institute, Mr. Wilkinson said, is “probably the finest rehabilitation center.”
Ms. Quigley, an East Hampton High School student and a town lifeguard, was injured while taking a swim just after finishing her lifeguard shift on the beach.
A barbecue fund-raiser for her is being organized by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue squad, the East Hampton Lifeguards, and the East Hampton High School senior class.
It will be held at the Atlantic Avenue beach in Amagansett on Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The price of entry is a $20 donation. There will be a 50-50 raffle, with other prizes, and a film crew will be on hand to record video greetings to Ms. Quigley as she continues her recovery. In case of rain the event will be held in the high school cafeteria.
Those who wish to mail in donations can make them payable to the H.L.A./ Doris Fund, and send them in care of John Ryan, 7 Meadow Way, East Hampton 11937. Mr. Ryan, the head of the town lifeguard corps, can provide answers to any questions. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.