Chantelle Asamoah is happy and on top of the world.
Given up for dead after being submerged nearly 10 minutes under water at Woodbine Beach just over two years ago, she made a miraculous recovery.
The teenager was one of eight recipients of Toronto Police Service 42 Division scholarships who were celebrated last Saturday night. Their parents were invited to the event hosted by Metro Label president Sandeep Lal who contributed $10,000 to this year’s scholarship fund.
“I am so proud of her and where she’s at in her life,” said Asamoah’s mother, Vida. “We are so very grateful.”
Brother Jarvis Asamoah joined his mom and sister at the event.
“As a family, we could not have asked for more,” he said. “To think that Chantelle almost left us and now to look and see what she’s achieving is amazing.”
The youngest of three children was standing in knee-deep water on the beach when she was swept away by a huge wave. Unconscious for four days, she spent six weeks at The Hospital for Sick Children before being transferred to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital where she remained for another seven weeks before being released. The honour roll student was back in class the next day.
A graduate of Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute, Asamoah – who participated in the Youth in Policing Initiative last year — is enrolled in the University of Waterloo science program. She aspires to be a pharmacist.