For one East Hampton family, Christmas was particularly special this year.
Doris Quigley, the teenage daughter of East Hampton Town Deputy Supervisor Theresa Quigley and Tom Quigley, was released from a New York City hospital in the week before Christmas, after four months of hospitalization. An East Hampton Town lifeguard, she broke her neck while swimming in the surf off an Amagansett beach. Though initially paralyzed, she regained the use of her legs and continues to make improvements.
The Quigley family enjoyed Christmas together as a family at home — Doris' four siblings were all in town to welcome her back. Then they joined a large extended family for Christmas dinner in Connecticut. "It's one of the better Christmases I remember," Theresa Quigley said.
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She said they spent the rest of the holiday relaxing at home, enjoying some much-needed downtime.
Doris, a senior, is back in classes at East Hampton High School. She wasted no time, returning for the last two days before the winter break, which was a good transition for her, her mother said.
"Today was her first day back for real," Theresa Quigley said by phone on Wednesday, after picking Doris up from school to take her to occupational therapy. "The good news, she came back to something familiar."
Doris told East Hampton Patch last month that everyone has been "incredibly supportive and understanding." She is looking forward to getting back to life as she knew it before the accident.
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