The skydiver who blacked out after being struck in the head by a fellow daredevil during a jump over Calverton Saturday is still in serious condition, but her doctors are hoping for a full recovery, a Stony Brook University Hospital spokesman said.
"Patricia Baronowski remains hospitalized in serious condition at Stony Brook University Hospital," read a statement issued by the hospital Monday night. "She suffered injuries to her head and spine and required surgery," said James A. Vosswinkel, chief of trauma, emergency surgery and surgical critical care.
Baronowski, 46, of East Farmingdale, was injured during a free fall when she collided with Kevin Arcamona, 29, at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, in a jump organized by Skydive Long Island, officials said. Arcamona's knee hit Baronowski in the head, causing her to lose consciousness.StoryOfficial: Skydiver still in hospital after collisionStoryCops: 2 skydivers hurt in mid-air collision
Arcamona was treated for a leg injury and released, according to police and hospital officials.
"The physicians and staff at Stony Brook are hopeful for a full recovery," read the hospital's statement. "The skydiving community and Patricia's family have rallied to her support, and the family asks for respect of their privacy during this difficult time."
Baronowski's parachute activated after the collision, sending her into a tree where her chute became stuck, suspending her 15 to 20 feet above the ground until she was rescued, police said.