Matthew Elliott, a high school senior and one of the top swimming recruits in the high school class of 2023, was in a car crash that left him hospitalized.
According to a GoFundMe page started by Jasmine Baker, who describes herself as a close family friend, Elliott was involved in a “horrific rollover car accident” on his way to swim practice. He was admitted to the ICU with several fractures, including to his face.
“Matthew has suffered tremendous trauma to his scull from the impact,” Baker said. “Several breaks surrounding his eye sockets, his nose, and jaw have occurred. He has undergone several hours of surgery…metal plates put in his face to hold it together, nose realignment, broken jaw wired shut, a tracheotomy to (breathe), numerous stitches, and incredible pain. Currently, his main form of communication is a short hand written note on a board while he is in ICU.”
Among the immediate needs are an electronic aid to communicate with doctors, specialists, and his family. The funds will also be used toward specialized care and sports therapy sessions.
An updated posted to the GoFundMe page on Wednesday said that Elliott’s parents were hopeful that he would return home to wait for a second surgery to remove the tracheotomy, jaw hardware, and adjust fractures. That follow-up surgery would be an outpatient treatment.
Elliott is a senior at Soquel High School. Earlier this year, he won a Sectionals title in the 50 free in Carlsbad. As a junior last season he placed 2nd in the 50 free and 3rd in the 100 free at the California High School State Championships. He also finished 5th at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships in December in the 50 free, swimming a best time of 19.89.
He trains with Quicksilver Swimming in San Jose, California.
Elliott is committed to swim at Cal beginning next season (fall 2023).
As of publishing, $16,722 have been raised toward a $20,000 goal thanks to 244 donors, including several recognizable names in the swimming community, other swim clubs, and families of fellow Cal commits.