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Quigley: One of the Better Christmases I Remember

The Quigley family welcomed Doris Quigley home four months after she broke her neck in the surf.

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.

Join us in welcoming Doris Quigley back to East Hampton and wish her well in her continued recovery. Please leave a comment below.

Pamela Keen Morey January 03, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Such great news! So happy for Doris and the rest of her family.
Diane Ferraro January 03, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Wonderful news! Happy New Year to the whole Quigley family. And welcome home Doris!
Claire Abenante January 03, 2013 at 09:02 PM
What wonderful news! Doris you have been in my prayers.
Pam Schenck January 03, 2013 at 11:01 PM
The best news I have heard in a long time! So glad Doris is doing so well and that she was able to get home for Christmas. What a wonderful present for her family and friends! Doris looks beautiful and wish her continued healing. Wishing Doris and her family a wonderful New Year. May God continue blessing you!
lutheranliar January 04, 2013 at 12:51 PM
What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it with us.
Charlie van der Horst January 04, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Wonderful news. I am happy for Doris and her family. May she continue to improve.
Brian Reynolds January 04, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Great news for Doris as she deserves to get back to her life and she looks great. What a struggle to get back, but God bless!
Greg Schimizzi January 05, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Doris. May each day bring you happiness and strength. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Martha Nassauer January 06, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Yay, Doris! You DO look wonderful, and you have a very beautiful, supportive family. Prayers for your continued therapy and recovery!

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