SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee paid a special visit on Tuesday to a woman paralyzed by a tree limb that fell on her in San Francisco’s Washington Square.
On Tuesday, Mayor Lee spent time with the mom who was with her kids in a popular North Beach park when the unthinkable happened.
She is now recovering from a broken spine and cracked skull. Doctors don’t think she’ll walk again.
KRON’s Maureen Kelly spoke to the woman’s husband and the mayor, who is promising to take steps to prevent accidents like this from happening again.
“Hopefully, nobody will get hurt like my wife again,” husband Jian Cong Tan said.
Tan, who goes by the American nickname Tony, and Mayor Lee, talked to the media after the mayor’s visit.
Lee visited Cui Ying Zhou, who also goes by the name Emma, after she was transferred to Laguna Honda hospital.
Emma was left paralyzed from the waist down when she was hit by a roughly 100-pound tree branch as she sat and watched her two daughters play at the playground at Washington Square Park.
The city’s rec and park department sent an arborist out to double check the tree after it happened and also to check all of the trees in the park.
They said they have determined that the tree with the broken branch was healthy.
After his meeting with Emma and Tony, the mayor said the city is going to do what they can to prevent what he calls a freak accident.
“They just want to make sure that they do everything the can to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Lee said. “They’ve checked out very single tree twice to reassure themselves, and of course, we need to do it for other parks, so I am making sure that rec and park follows up with all of this.”
Rec and park has nearly 200,000 trees to maintain, and so far, there’s no word of how or when that mayoral directive is going to be carried out.
Meanwhile, the mayor did say that rec and park commissioners have volunteered to get the word out about Emma’s GoFundMe page.
The goal right now is to raise $50,000 to cover medical costs and living expenses.
The mayor said he knows Tony’s boss and is going to try and smooth things over so Tony can take more time off work.
While Tony said he and his wife are grateful that the mayor promised to do what he can to help, Tony is still looking for a lawyer because he is still considering suing the city for what happened to his wife.