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Quigley Family Says Doris Makes 'Breakthrough,' Wiggles Her Toes

East Hampton Town Deputy Supervisor's 17-year-old daughter broke her neck in ocean surf on Wednesday.

Doris Quigley, the 17-year-old daughter of East Hampton Town Deputy Supervisor Theresa Quigley, is showing signs of good progress as she recovers from surgery after two days ago.

"This afternoon Doris made a breakthrough as she wiggled her toes ever so slightly on her right side," said Doris' older sister Sally Quigley said in an email on Thursday evening. "The doctor cannot say with how much she will progress, but the fact that there is movement this early is a very promising sign."

Following the accident, she was flown to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where she underwent a three-hour surgery on Wednesday evening.

Doctors expects her to be in intensive care for about a week, and then spend several months in a rehabilitation center, her sister said. "We are confident in her ability to recover because she is a yogi, swimmer, athlete, and positive person, and because of all of the support of this wonderful community. We ask that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers."

A rising junior at , Doris was working as an East Hampton Town lifeguard for the summer, and was taking a dip before ending the day, according to John Ryan Jr., the chief lifeguard.

He said it isn't clear how Quigley broke her neck in the surf. Friends and fellow lifeguards pulled her out of the water and quickly got her medical attention at around 4 p.m. Medical professionals happened to be on the beach and assisted lifeguards as EMTs arrived on scene.

Doris is the youngest of five children. Sally said her brother Roger drove down from college in Ithaca to be with his parents and siblings Sally, Helen and Joseph at Doris' bedside.

Supervisor Bill Wilkinson delivered cards and a framed photograph from Doris' fellow lifeguards to the hospital on Thursday afternoon. "She looked great," Wilkinson said, adding that Doris even flipped through one of the cards.

sally August 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Wishing you speedy +total recovery doris!
amy salle August 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Wishing you a speedy recover! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!!!!!
Rick Hoyt August 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM
You're In Our Prayers Quigley Family ! Kind Regards - The Hoyt's.
AnnaLupe Acevedo August 24, 2012 at 01:12 PM
God Bless...you are in my prayers.
SuzyScuba August 24, 2012 at 01:49 PM
We have Doris and family in our prayers. May God's blessings be with you as you recover... The Keber family
Margaret deRouleaux August 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Thought and prayers for a total and swift recovery. Margaret d
Sophie7 August 24, 2012 at 04:15 PM
You go girl! Stay strong and believe all is well! We never met you, but know you are a beautiful fighter!
Anthony Giaquinto August 24, 2012 at 06:29 PM
This is good news, thank god. Are thoughts and well wishes are with you Doris Quigley and family.
KBD August 25, 2012 at 12:38 AM
You are in our thoughts and prayers Quigley Family. God give you the strength Doris in your journey back to good health. The Decker Family, Montauk
Marilyn Behan August 25, 2012 at 12:44 AM
You will be in our prayers Quigley Family -stay strong and listen to your doctors, The Behan Family, Montauk.
jacquelin tuthill August 25, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Prayers Doris to you and your family. My God watch over you and give you strength. Keep the faith.
the owl August 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM
All good wishes to young Doris for her recovery. the news is good so far, so keep fighting young lady, the thoughts of many are with you and your family.
Steven Gaines August 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM
You've got a lot of people praying for you Doris and you're strong and your family and friends will help you get through this! My thoughts are with you and your wonderful family.
Patricia Waleko August 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Our prayers are with you Doris and your family.
Dr. Sarah Alward August 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I don't know Doris or her family, but your heart breaks when you see a member of your community going through something like this. Will be praying for a speedy and complete recovery.
highhatsize August 25, 2012 at 02:07 PM
In an update on 27east, it was reported that the surgeon said that the damage was bruising rather than puncturing. Hopefully this means that the girl's spinal cord wasn't physically damaged so the prognosis is good for her complete & rapid recovery. (Surgeons are always cautious in their predictions.)
Michael August 25, 2012 at 07:34 PM
My 18yo nephew had a very similar accident at 8 months ago. After lots of hard work, family and friend support and prayers, he is now taking his first steps. My sister would call Doris wiggling her toes as the first of many miraculous 'Legos' that snap back together. My family will keep Doris and her family in our prayers. Never lose hope. My nephews recovery is a miracle and Doris's will be too! God bless, Michael W.
Patrick K August 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM
We will continue to keep her in our hearts throughout the entire process. On behalf of the Klena's, we love you Doris.
Sally Quigley August 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Stories such as these bring me so much hope. Thank you for sharing. Best- Sally Quigley

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