(NEWSER) – Flight attendant Wendi Van Briesen was bodysurfing with her 13-year-old son, Tanner, in Maui when a huge wave turned the family's first vacation to Hawaii tragic, knocking her unconscious, shattering two of her vertebrae and putting her into a coma.
Van Briesen's husband, Aaron, and 11-year-old daughter, McKenna, witnessed the accident from the beach, and Aaron, a schoolteacher, pulled her out of the water and performed CPR. A week later, the Arizona native died while on life support, reports Arizona's 3TV.
"There are no words to describe it when you walk in and see her on a ventilator," her sister-in-law told Hawaii News Now. "It's been absolutely awful for our family—to go on vacation in Hawaii for the first time and go straight from an airplane to a hospital."
The family had planned to fly to Kauai for the remainder of their vacation, but are instead flying home to Gilbert, Ariz., to plan the funeral.What a sad tragic case. Any thing can happen near the beach, but this one happened at the Maui beach caused by this freaque huge wave is very, very sad indeed. With shattered vertebrae tat put her in coma, she just did not have a chance to escape before its happening all of a sudden. "No words to describe it" is the only description that one can come up with. It's just too sad! We can only pray to God to help this family to cope this tragic happening.