2010 Framingham High Grad Out of Coma But Still Has a Long Recovery
A 2010 Framingham High graduate, who served all four years as class president, is facing a long recovery after it was discovered she had an undetected heart condition; a fund has been set up to help her family.
Framingham High Class of 2010 graduate Brittany Riva went to Florida with friends to celebrate her 21st birthday on March 3.
"On the day of her birthday, she went to the hotel gym for a quick workout before breakfast and collapsed," said her Jacqueline Meninno, who many in town know as the manager of the Framingham Farmers Market.
"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," said Meninno. On March 9, "she opened her eyes for the first time since her horrible ordeal but she still has a long road of recovery ahead of her," said Meninno.
Meninno said Brittany's father, mother, soon-to-be step-mother and grandmother Heather flew to Florida to be with her, as soon as they learned she was in the hospital.
A fund to assist her parents out of pocket expenses, so they can continue to be with their daughter during this crucial time was created by Meninno.
The goal is to raise $3,000.
In just one day, more than $1,200 has been raised. More than 30 people made donations on Sunday.
Any funds from fundraising not used will be donated to Dr. P. Philips Hospital in Orlando, Florida, she said.
Riva served as class president all four years at Framingham High, said her aunt.
"Brittany’s younger sister Ashley was born with CHARGE syndrome resulting in vision problems and deafness," said Meninno. "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."
Brittany's dad Chris is a Framingham Parks & Recreation employee. Her mother Tracey Cote Mitton, grew up in Framingham, and works for Lauren Craig Salon.