Gabby DeSouza died
A few U.S. examples from recent times include: Britteny Lindt (15 year old cheerleader), Cole Ortega (14 year old surfer), Allysa Squirrell (11 year old training as a junior lifeguard), Molly Moses (16, known from Miracles for Molly), Gabby DeSouza (14 year old Floridian), Drew Barefield (12 year old Florida boy snorkeling), and Emily Fedorko (16 year old beautiful Connecticut girl). Others like Kali Gorzell of Texas had similar stories, but were never picked up in depth by the press.
These young, vibrant teenagers captured the hearts of those who read their stories. The press continued to run follow up stories on those who survived. Among them was Gabriella “Gabby” DeSouza, a cheerful, sassy Florida teen who lost her lower right leg to a propeller accident in February 2011.
The press fell in love with Gabby, especially the Palm Beach Post. Her life was covered as she progressed through many of the stages listed above. Gabby’s determination allowed her to integrate back into society as seamlessly as possible given the circumstances. Gabby was often shown doing things teenage girls do (shopping, have her nails done, hanging with friends, wearing teenage clothing, constantly texting, returning to the beach, etc.).
Gabby, now 20, went on to inspire many facing similar challenges, and the rest of us as well.
This wonderful, young, determined, energetic, caring girl passed away Friday 26 June 2015. The Palm Beach Post, which led the coverage of her accident and recovery, covered her passing in a 27 June 2015 article.
No cause of death was listed.
She will be sorely missed by family, friends, and those who followed her life.
May her family find comfort in the good she brought to the world in her brief life.
We close our coverage with a series of wordle images we previously created of her accident to graphically show the changing focal points of stories covering propeller accidents, the recovery of victims in the hospital, and their return home. Words used more frequently in the coverage appear larger in the images.