Family of woman injured by falling chimney in North End says it would be ‘miracle’ if she walks again

Erin Field was seriously injured after a chimney collapsed on her last week. Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

The family of a 21-year-old Maine woman who was seriously injured when a chimney fell on top of her last week on a North End rooftop says it would be ‘miracle’ if she walks again, according to a GoFundMe page set up by the woman’s sister.

Erin Field

On the fundraiser’s page, Riley Field said her sister, Erin, was in a hammock on the roof of her brother’s apartment on July 11 when the chimney it was attached to cracked and fell on her. She said her older sister suffered injuries to her ribs, lungs, and her spine and has lost all feeling in her legs and most of the feeling in her arms.

“With this type of injury it is very rare that Erin will be able to have use of her legs again,” she wrote on GoFundMe. “Of course we are staying as positive as we can, but, for lack of a better term, it would be a miracle if she can walk again. She also will most likely not regain the usage of her fingers, making her quadriplegic.”


Field told the Portland Press Herald her sister, who remains in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, is responsive and coherent and will be transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital soon.

A spokeswoman for MGH said Erin Field is in ‘fair condition.’

According to the GoFundMe page, the 21-year-old would have been a senior majoring in English at Goucher College in Maryland and planned on studying abroad in London for the semester.

Joan Howard, a friend of the family, which is from Sidney, Maine, told the Press Herald the parents are hard-working people who have devoted themselves to their five children.


“They could not be more lovely people who’d never ask for help if not faced with a tragic event,” she said.

Since it was started three days ago with a goal of $50,000, more than $30,000 has been donated to the fundraising campaign.