Car Accident Survivor Begins to Swim Her Way to Recovery

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On Friday, September 23, NBC kicked off its new series "Three Wishes" by helping an 11-year old girl, Abby Castleberry, recover from a life threatening car accident. In addition to assisting with her medical expenses, NBC installed an indoor Endless Pool, donated by Endless Pools, Inc., to aid in her quest to return to competitive gymnastics, swimming and soccer.

Once a healthy, athletic child, a car accident changed Abby’s life. During the accident, in which a truck broadsided her father’s car with Abby in the passenger’s seat, Abby’s head came in contact with the truck’s bumper, leaving her with severe head trauma, numerous facials fractures, a broken pelvis, and a broken femur. In the months since the accident, Abby has undergone a number of surgeries, but many more loom in the near future. As she awaits the next round of surgeries, she must wear a helmet to protect her fractured skull.

When NBC asked what her wishes were, she said to help her parents pay for her medical expenses and to return to competitive athletics.

To help Abby rebuild her strength, NBC built her an exercise room complete with an Endless Pool. Measuring just 8'x15', the Endless Pool provides all the benefits of a full-size pool in a fraction of the space. It is compact enough to fit virtually anywhere, inside or out, making swimming year-round a possibility even in homes with limited space.

The Endless Pool has a smooth, adjustable, non-turbulent current, ideal for swimming, aquatic exercise and rehabilitation. The pool’s unique features include specials steps, railings and jets, making it a great therapy tool.

Endless Pools, Inc., headquartered in Aston, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, was founded in 1988 by James Murdock to manufacture and sell counter-current swimming pools for residential and commercial use. Over the last fifteen years, more than 8,000 Endless Pools have been sold and installed in the United States and 50 countries.

To learn more about the Endless Pool or order a free DVD, call (800) 233-0741 ext. 4506 or visit


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