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Lucila Munaretto, Argentinian Ballerina, In Coma After B.C. Rollerblading Accident

08/17/2015 08:42 EDT | Updated 08/18/2015 12:59 EDT

An Argentinian ballerina is in a coma after a rollerblading accident in North Vancouver, and her family hopes a fundraiser will help them get to her bedside.

Lucila Munaretto, 21, was rollerblading down a hill on East Osborne Road Thursday when she missed a stop sign, according to the North Shore News.

The dancer, who wasn't wearing a helmet, hit a van and suffered bone fractures and a head injury, said a GoFundMe page that has been set up for her.

She is now in a coma, and will need surgery to fix her spine.

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Munaretto first came to Vancouver in 2012 after a scout offered her a full scholarship to the city's Coastal City Ballet Company.

Her family lives in Brazil and doesn't have the means to travel to Canada, according to the fundraising page. Munaretto has basic health insurance and is "covered for all the treatment that she needs," but it doesn't pay for her family's travel, nor for "all of her rehabilitation costs."

The fundraising effort aims to cover those expenses, with the ultimate goal of $100,000.

"While the staff at Lions Gate [hospital] do everything they can to save Lucila's life and dancing career and the RCMP do everything they can to reunite the Munaretto family in this time of need, we would like to do everything we can to make sure that Lucila and her family are taken care of," the GoFundMe page says.

The campaign has raised over $25,000 in three days.

"We ask that you fight for Lucila as fiercely as she fights for herself," the campaign page continues. "Her fight to be on stage once again is a long one and we plan to be there with her every step of the way."

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