.A Dos Pueblos High School student is being treated in Los Angeles for injuries suffered when a weather event kicked up debris on a Santa Barbara beach.
Alyssa Nuno was seriously injured Sunday. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her recovery. It was created by Karina Arroyo-Nuño, who wrote the following:
As some of you already know, my younger cousin, Alyssa was severely injured in the storm on Sunday afternoon causing her critical injuries. She has suffered multiple broken bones, a fractured skull and some head trauma. She is currently being treated at Children's hospital in LA, awaiting her third surgery on Thursday. Please help my family & I raise money for her medical expenses and keep her in your prayers. We know she will fight this and come out stronger with all of our support. Anything helps, thank you.
Arroyo-Nuño said she was on her way to Los Angeles Tuesday evening to visit Alyssa along with other family members.
Alyssa's boyfriend, Nico Martinez, says he was with Alyssa and her family on West Beach when the storm hit. They had been talking about the forecasted rain and say they expected it. They had packed up for the day and took cover under a tent once the rain began.
"Out of nowhere, the wind blew everything away and Alyssa and I ran," said Martinez, adding there was sand everywhere and they couldn't see. The pair became separated.
"Next thing I know, I see a bunch of kayaks in the air coming toward us," Martinez said.
Once the dust settled, Martinez found Alyssa under a kayak. He says he lifted it off of her and she was bleeding from her head. Her friends and family applied pressure and called 911 as Martinez flagged down an emergency crew in a lifeguard truck, which stabilized Alyssa's neck, put her on a stretcher and took her to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Martinez said Alyssa had surgery on her wrist and collarbone on Monday, her breathing tube was removed Tuesday, she is scheduled to have surgery on her orbital fractures Thursday and could be released Sunday if all goes well.
Dos Pueblos High School Principal Bill Woodard tells KSBY News Alyssa is a junior, an excellent student, and a member of the school's engineering academy and varsity lacrosse team.
Principal Woodard says the school spoke with Alyssa's mother, Sandra, Tuesday morning and learned Alyssa is awaiting her next round of surgery.
Girls Lacrosse Coach Samantha Limkeman says Alyssa has been on her team since freshman year.
"Our team is very family-like. When things like this happen, it's obvious we're a family and really missing her," said Limkeman. "She's strong and spunky and we're hoping for a complete, full recovery."
Limkeman says one teammate has collected cards from the lacrosse players at Dos Pueblos to deliver to Alyssa at Children's Hospital Los Angeles this weekend.
The entire junior class plans to record a get-well message to Alyssa in the school theater on Wednesday, Woodard said.