Family of stabbed ER nurse Elise Wilson starts GoFundMe page to …
In just 16 hours, a GoFundMe campaign to assist Elise Wilson, the Harrington Hospital emergency room nurse who was stabbed earlier this week, has raised more than $30,000. Wilson, 65, was assisting a patient on Wednesday morning at the Southbridge hospital who authorities say brought a knife into the emergency room to seek revenge for unsatisfactory treatment. That suspect, 24-year-old Conor O’Regan of Southbridge, is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing July 3 in Dudley District Court. He will also have a mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.
The GoFundMe page “Elise’s road to recovery” was created on Thursday and quickly surpassed its goal of $25,000. By 9 a.m. Friday, $30,518 had been raised. Wilson was at the hospital for her regular 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. shift, according to the GoFundMe page, which was started by Wilson’s daughter-in-law.
“Elise, a veteran nurse, was bringing in a patient complaining of arm pain to be triaged. As the patient followed Elise into the room, he closed the door behind him. That’s when his attack began,” the GoFundMe page reads. “She screamed for help but no one could get to her. A security guard tried to break the door down, but the attacker ended up trying to injure him as well and fled the scene.”
Wilson was taken by medical helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center where she underwent surgery. She suffered severe injuries but was in stable condition. Her family says it was the staff at Harrington who rushed to her aid who saved her life.
“June 14th was a rough day for our family and friends. Elise’s co-workers did what they were trained to do and treated her while also going into lockdown and fearing for their own safety,” the GoFundMe page reads. “We were faced with the possibility of losing an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and nurse. With the help of fellow nurses and surgeons we are happy to say she is still with us.”
Wilson is a two-time cancer survivor, according to the page.
Co-workers and friends left messages of love and the words “Harrington Strong” on the page.