A 38-year-old D.C. woman is fighting for her life after being severely injured during Friday night's terrible storm.
Carolina Alcalde was riding her motorcycle up 15th Street NW when a pine tree crashed down on her back, severing her spinal cord and breaking five ribs and a shoulder. She also suffered trauma to her lungs and is paralyzed from the mid-section down. She is in intensive care at George Washington University Hospital.
“Today was the first day that she was able to answer us, and kept a very slow, very weak conversation with her, but at least she recognized us,” said her father, Victor Alcalde.
He said his daughter was able to tell him she was in a lot of pain.
He's touched by the fact that friends have set up a donation campaign to help pay his daughter's medical expenses, which could exceed $250,000 for just the first year of recovery.
“I am very emotional every time I see this help that we are receiving, my wife and I, from everybody as they find out about the tragedy,” Victor Alcalde said.
Carolina Alcalde, an avid motorcyclist, also mentors young Latinas.