Victoria Gouletas Update: She’s Strong, But Recovery Is Long

In March, “06880” told the heart-pounding tale of Victoria Gouletas.

The real estate attorney and Zoning Board of Appeals member was crushed by a large tree branch, during a howling nor’easter. It hit her head and back, fracturing several bones in her neck, scapula and sternum.

The tree limb also broke her back, paralyzing her from the chest down. She was told she will never walk again.

Help poured in for Victoria, her husband Troy Burk and their 3 young children. Westporters brought food, drove the kids, helped around the house and yard — and donated over $190,000 through a GoFundMe account.

Doctors assured Victoria that with intense physical therapy she can regain her daily independence, care for herself and her family, drive her children to school and return to work full time.

This week, she returned home for a brief visit. But another surgery — and more rehab — await. The road ahead remains long and difficult.

Victoria Gouletas (bottom row, 2nd from right) with friends (clockwise from left) Coleytown Elementary School PTA co-president Youn So Chao, Westport Human Services Department director Elaine Daignault, 3rd Selectman Melissa Kane, community organizer Marcy Sansolo and Victoria’s sister-in-law Suzanne Karpick.

Her spirit is strong. She and her family have been moved by the many friends — and strangers — who have contributed time and money to help.

Her husband will take another month off work to care for her and the kids. Meanwhile, the bills continue to mount.

Her friends hope Westporters will not forget Victoria.

We won’t. In fact, we’ll continue to be inspired by her.

(Click here to contribute through Victoria’s GoFundMe page.)

One response to “Victoria Gouletas Update: She’s Strong, But Recovery Is Long

  1. Arline Gertzoff

    Let’s get that 200,000 for Victoria She needs our help now Give whatever you can She is an amazing lady .