Angela Gonzalez and her daughter Deven are recovering in the hospital as they await word on their missing husband and father Edgar Gonzalez

Julio 01, 2021
Gonzalez family
The Gonzalez family
| Credit: GoFundMe

Among the small glimmers of hope to come in the immediate aftermath of the Champlain Towers condo collapse in Surfside, Florida was the heroic rescue of mom Angela Gonzalez and her teenage daughter.

Gonzalez suffered a broken pelvis when she plunged four floors, from the ninth to the fifth, last Thursday, WFOR reported. But despite her injury, she and Deven, 16, were pulled from the rubble.

A GoFundMe arranged by friends of the family was quickly swarmed with tributes and donations totaling more than $84,000.

"My daughter played volleyball with Deven and I set this up as a way to help the family," Kim Kaplan Marchena tells PEOPLE. "We didn't do it to get [media] attention, we just wanted to help."

Gonzalez and Deven were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where they have been getting treatment. Taylor, Deven's older sister, was not in the building at the time of the collapse. She has been by their side while the family waits for news on patriarch Edgar, a Miami-Dade attorney who is still missing along with the family's dog Daisy, according to the GoFundMe.

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Gonzalez, a mental health provider who works with underserved communities, has been intubated while she recovers, the page said.

Deven, a Miami Senior High School varsity volleyball player who hopes to be a college and professional player one day, has undergone surgery for her broken leg.

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Because the "close-knit" family is not yet ready to talk, Gonzalez's best friend Joslyn has been sharing daily updates to the GoFundMe page.

Joslyn's first update on Friday noted that Gonzalez was intubated but stable.

"They believe she will make [a] long but full recovery," Joslyn wrote. "They are both truly miracles."

On Saturday, Joslyn reported that Gonzalez was still intubated, but "she was responding to my questions and opened her eyes a couple of times. She's one tough lady!"

According to Joslyn, Deven had surgery on her leg on Saturday and is scheduled to have one more surgery this week. "If all goes well, should be walking (with a lot of assistance of course) by Thursday or Friday," she wrote.

Gonzalez, meanwhile, was still intubated on Sunday, but was "responding" and "fighting" by Wednesday, which was also her birthday.

"They are letting her sleep so her body can concentrate on healing," Joslyn wrote. "She is responsive when asked questions so that is great news."

With dad Edgar still among the missing, older daughter Taylor, who works in the hospital industry, has stepped up.

"Taylor is a champ! She has so much to process, yet has been so strong for her family," Joslyn wrote. "She has been a comfort for Deven/Angela. She has taken on the caregiver role for her sister... Taylor is managing everything with so much strength."

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Wednesday that the death toll in the tragic collapse has risen to 16 people. Another 147 people remain missing, while 139 people have been accounted for.

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