Brittany Riva from Framingham is an amazing young woman. Brittany was a student of Framingham High School, class of 2010 where she served as her class president for all four years. Brittany's younger sister Ashley was born with CHARGE syndrome resulting in vision problems and deafness. Watching a sibling struggle communicating with the outside world prompted Brittany to enroll at Northeastern University where she is hoping to become a Sign Language interpreter.
Britt went to celebrate her birthday with friends in Florida. On the day of her 21st birthday, March 3, 2013 she went to the hotel gym for a quick workout before breakfast and collapsed. Brittany had an undetected heart condition requiring paramedics to use a defibrillator, and she has spent nearly a week in a coma on life support. On March 9, 2013 she opened her eyes for the first time since her horrible ordeal but she still has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Her Father, Chris, soon to be Step-Mom, Stephanie, her Mom, Tracey and Grandmother, Heather, flew to Florida as soon as they learned of her sickness. A fund has been set up at gofundme.com to assist with her parents out of pocket expenses so they can continue to be with their daughter during this crucial time.
Any funds from fundraising not used will be donated to Dr. P. Philips Hospital in Orlando, Florida.
- Diane Gorzynski
- Gary MacDougall