Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
The Port Washington community has come together in prayer and support for a third-grade girl who was severely injured in a sledding accident at Plandome Country Club, on Feb. 10. The young girl, named Sydney, has many residents pulling for her full recovery, as people formed prayer circles and have taken to the streets with Sydney’s favorite colors: light blue and purple.
Nassau County Police said the accident occurred on Sunday afternoon, at about 2:23 p.m., on a slope at Plandome Country Club. There were actually two young girls who were injured in the accident: both girls were on the sled and one fell off while Sydney did not fall off and collided with a tree. Bystanders said that section of the hill was very icy, and the two girls had lost control of the sled.
The girl who fell off the sled had an injury to the back of her head and was hospitalized for a few days following the accident, but is doing well. Sydney experienced head trauma and was taken to Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center, where she was put in a medically induced coma and is in critical yet stable condition.
Following the accident, the community has rallied around both girls, although a focus has been on Sydney, since she is in serious condition. Groups at St. Peters Church, The Community Synagogue, St. Stephens Church and the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore have been praying for Sydney’s recovery, and there was also a prayer circle that was formed at Om Sweet Om. Port residents passed around the hashtag #Pray4Sydney on Twitter and Facebook, encouraging others to support Sydney.
Upon learning that Sydney’s favorite colors are light blue and purple, people dressed in these colors to show support. In addition, S.F. Falconer Florist donated light blue and purple bows for Sydney’s friends to put up around the community.
So if you see light blue and purple around Port, take a moment to think of Sydney, her family, and her recovery.