Posted Tuesday 06 Jul 2021
It was shocking to hear that world-renowned stuntwoman Dayna Grant had sustained a head injury while on set. After experiencing symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury, Grant was sent for neuroimaging CT and MRI scans, and received the devastating diagnosis of an 8mm aneurysm and upper spinal (neck) injuries.
New-Zealand-based Grant has worked as a stunt double, performer and stunt coordinator on such productions as Mad Max: Fury Road, Wonder Woman 1984, the syndicated Xena: Warrior Princess and the upcoming Lord of the Rings Amazon series.
Because time was of the essence for a successful outcome, Grant opted to go a private route, which required $NZ60,000. Xena actress Lucy Lawless offered to match any donation from Xena fans, and Xena co-creator Rob Tapert also contributed to the fundraising efforts.
To date, more than $80,000 has been raised, with the extra funding earmarked for Grant's post-op physio and care. Grant posted a tearful video on Twitter, thanking everyone for their support and the generosity. According to the Givealittle page, she will undergo surgery next month.
Grant is not only a world-class stunt woman, but a mother of three (her youngest child Ryder, is 7) and a pioneer for the arts. She runs a stunt school and works with youth.
Image from givealittle.co.nz
Dayna Grant and son Ryder