Sister faces long road to recovery


To the Editor:

Last Thursday, June 9, my sister Lisa (BenDavid) Scannell was seriously injured in a freak accident. She was on a horse, walking from the stable to the riding ring at Bittersweet Farm. My son and daughter, Nicholas, 6, and Ava, 8, were walking beside her when the horse Lisa was riding spooked. Lisa fell off the horse and the horse fell on her.

The horse broke Lisa’s hips and pelvis. She remained conscious and was able to tell Ava to phone 9-1-1. Ava was able to describe exactly what happened to the police. Emergency responders soon arrived.

Lisa was taken to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and immediately transported to Mass. General Hospital. She underwent surgery on Friday and is expected to remain at MGH until she is stable enough to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility where she will undergo months of intense physical therapy.

Lisa has an extensive network of family and friends. She lives in Oak Bluffs with her husband Steve Scannell.

Together they own and operate Vineyard Marine. She is also a bookkeeper with clients across the Island.

Her daughters from her first marriage are Jessica and Jaime Forend. Our parents are Arthur and Marcelle BenDavid.

Lisa is also a well-known and highly regarded riding instructor who has taught scores of youngsters how to ride and how to care for their horses.

The expressions of support and concern she has received since the accident have been overwhelming. My family is very grateful, and at this point all we can ask is that you keep Lisa in your prayers. She faces a very long road as she begins the healing process.

We have set up a fund to assist Lisa with her medical care through “You’ve Got a Friend,” a tax-exempt, Island-based foundation that provides administrative services at no cost to assist those in need. Contributions should be made to You’ve Got a Friend Inc., memo Lisa Scannell, PO Box 1317, West Tisbury, MA 02575.

Gary BenDavid and Family

Oak Bluffs