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Miraculous Recovery: Bergen County Teen Shatters Spine In Beach Dive Gone Wrong

Christian Stewart faces months of rehabilitation after shattering his C4 vertebrae in a dive-gone-wrong at the Jersey Shore. Photo Credit: GOFUNDME
Christian Stewart, 17, a Don Bosco graduate. Photo Credit: GoFundMe

"One day at a time."

That's been the mantra for the Stewart family of Mahwah since late July, when 17-year-old Christian Stewart survived a near-fatal dive into shallow water at the Jersey Shore.

More than $58,000 had been raised for the Don Bosco student -- set to start at Villanova in the fall -- on a GoFundMe page as of Friday evening.

"If you know Christian, you know how much he lights up the room," the page's founder Tim Meaney said.

"He's a terrific kid, a gentle soul, a great athlete, an amazing friend, and a beloved son."

Late last month, the teen dove into the Bay at the Jersey Shore and nearly drowned -- hitting either an object or shallow floor on the way down, according to the GoFundMe.

A friend's mom and sister -- both nurses -- were there to pull him out of the water and resuscitate him before he was airlifted to a trauma center in Atlantic City.

Christian survived the accident miraculously with a shattered C4 vertebrae and faces months of rehabilitation .

"There are a lot of uncertainties -- Villanova among them, the page says.

"He'll get through this, he's young, strong, and determined."

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