Field recently told that she doesn’t remember much from the day of the accident in July 2017. It was summer break for then the 21-year-old Goucher College student, and she and her boyfriend, Jack Benziger, decided to meet in Boston, where Field’s younger brother, Todd, was living in the North End. Benziger drove up from Pennsylvania; Field drove down from Maine.

They had ordered pizza and were just “hanging out,” she said.

“We’re like, ‘Let’s just go hang out on the roof because it’s really pretty up there,’” she recalled. “You can see the whole North End. My brother had set up a hammock up there. He went up there every night in the hammock. It was attached to the wall and the chimney.”

Field sat on the hammock first, sideways like it was a swing. Then Benziger sat beside her.

She doesn’t really remember anything after that.

“I guess it instantly fell,” the now-23-year-old said. “I kind of remember [first responders] lifting me off the roof because the stairway was too small for them to bring me on a stretcher. And then I don’t remember anything until right before my surgery. Before they gave me all the meds, I was sitting in this one hospital room, and I remember it was so small. Everybody had to come up to me one by one and give me a hug.”

Field had been rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital, but she didn’t remember why she was there in the room.

“My brother was like, ‘I’m so sorry,’ and I was like, ‘For what?’ I was just like, ‘I don’t know where I am,’” Field recalled. “I was so confused. That’s pretty much all I remember until the last few days of ICU.”

About the Author: James Swartz
Mr. Swartz, our Managing and Principal Attorney at Swartz & Swartz P.C., is a nationally recognized and respected trial attorney as well as consumer advocate. His practice focuses on cases involving negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other claims involving catastrophic injuries.

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