Sacred Heart University field hockey player paralyzed in ski accident

Anna Buhrmann hit a tree and is now paralyzed from the shoulders down.

Mark Sudol

Mar 16, 2023, 9:28 PM

Updated 439 days ago

Share:

Sacred Heart University is rallying around a field hockey player who is recovering from a ski accident that left her paralyzed.
Anna Buhrmann, 19, is from Germany. She joined her two best friends, Aly Cunningham and Kenzie Riccardi, for a ski trip to Copper Mountain in Colorado for spring break.
But on their first run March 6, something tragic happened.
"It was just a freak accident," said Riccardi.
Buhrmann hit a tree and is now paralyzed from the shoulders down.
"Stuff like that happens all the time. You hear about it, but you never think hey it might happen to me ... it's not going to be that severe," said Riccardi.
"She said, 'I can't feel my legs,' and that's when I knew maybe this was something serious," said Cunningham.
Buhrmann was flown to Denver and underwent seven hours of emergency spine surgery. Her friends never left her side and say she snapped her C6 and C7 vertebrae and severed her spinal cord.
"There's always hope. She'll be in rehab. The hope is that she'll regain some hand movement," said Cunningham.
Buhrmann's friends set up a GoFundMe that has raised over $190,000 toward her care.
"We just wanted in some way to be able to help them. Obviously we couldn't change what happened, so this was the next best thing to give her parents support and Anna support," said Riccardi.
While the school was rooting on the Sacred Heart women's basketball team in their first NCAA tournament win, the team wished Buhrmann well in a special video message.
"It's going to be a process for her to ever be able to move her hands or her arms or her legs again, and the chances are very, very slim, but I mean you hear about miracles all the time, and there's a possibility that she could be able to use her fingers again and her arms," said Riccardi.
Buhrmann's close friends say they are praying for a miracle.
The Sacred Heart field hockey team is making T-shirts and wrist bands to raise money for Buhrmann. There is also talk about prayer services.


More from News 12
0:26
Suspect in deadly shooting at illegal Bridgeport gambling club turns himself in

Suspect in deadly shooting at illegal Bridgeport gambling club turns himself in

2:06
Sunny and pleasant today, showers and non-severe thunderstorms later this evening

Sunny and pleasant today, showers and non-severe thunderstorms later this evening

1:37
Westport woman reflects on Hollywood childhood

Westport woman reflects on Hollywood childhood

0:15
1 injured in Greenwich house fire

1 injured in Greenwich house fire

0:19
Greenwich attorney sentenced to two years in prison for child pornography charges

Greenwich attorney sentenced to two years in prison for child pornography charges

1:32
Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Exclusive Deals – Up to 50% OFF!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Exclusive Deals – Up to 50% OFF!

3:15
‘Will not be tolerated.’ Bridgeport mayor, police chief address 5 shootings over Memorial Day weekend

‘Will not be tolerated.’ Bridgeport mayor, police chief address 5 shootings over Memorial Day weekend

2:00
Law enforcement urges public to stay vigilant as car thefts in Connecticut rise

Law enforcement urges public to stay vigilant as car thefts in Connecticut rise

2:06
‘I could barely walk.’ New law extends sick days to nearly all CT workers

‘I could barely walk.’ New law extends sick days to nearly all CT workers

0:51
School bus camera legislation aims to protect Bridgeport students

School bus camera legislation aims to protect Bridgeport students

1:34
‘Seems like yesterday.’ Bridgeport couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

‘Seems like yesterday.’ Bridgeport couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

1:59
Bridgeport City Councilwoman Eneida Martínez takes on State Rep. Andre Baker in 124th District

Bridgeport City Councilwoman Eneida Martínez takes on State Rep. Andre Baker in 124th District

2:28
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Tammy Nguyen showcases her Easton studio

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Tammy Nguyen showcases her Easton studio

0:17
Norwalk police investigating early morning 2-car crash

Norwalk police investigating early morning 2-car crash

0:33
Speeding tickets, DUIs, and accidents keep state police busy on Memorial Day weekend

Speeding tickets, DUIs, and accidents keep state police busy on Memorial Day weekend

1:29
Sen. Chris Murphy begins annual ‘Walk Across Connecticut’

Sen. Chris Murphy begins annual ‘Walk Across Connecticut’

2:35
Made in Connecticut: Step back in time at The Clockery in Norwalk

Made in Connecticut: Step back in time at The Clockery in Norwalk

Is your dad awesome? Connecticut tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Connecticut tell us why your dad rocks!

0:14
Bridgeport PD: 17-year-old hit by a car at Fairfield Avenue, Clinton Avenue intersection

Bridgeport PD: 17-year-old hit by a car at Fairfield Avenue, Clinton Avenue intersection

0:24
Wilton police: Incident in which girl appeared to be forced into vehicle was not an abduction

Wilton police: Incident in which girl appeared to be forced into vehicle was not an abduction