Stunt Woman Dayna Grant - Emergency Brain Surgery

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Given by 1429 generous donors in 9 weeks

Mother & StuntWoman Dayna Grant was injured on major film set and needs immediate surgery for an aneurysm.


World renowned Stuntwoman Dayna Grant (Wonder Woman, Mad Max, Snow White, Xena, Ash vs Evil Dead) recently sustained a head injury while on set filming for an upcoming series/film.

After experiencing symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury Dayna was sent for Neuroimaging CT and MRI scans.

Unfortunately receiving the devastating diagnosis of an 8mm Aneurysm and upper spinal (neck) injuries.

Surgeons recommend immediate surgery. As is often the way with these things Insurance and liability are a maze of red tape and potentially life threatening delay through the Public Health system.

Immediate, private Surgery costs $NZ60,000

We would like to give Dayna’s friends, film Whanau (family) including the Stunt community and fans of her work around the world the opportunity to help.

Dayna is not only a World class stunt woman, but a mother of 3 (her youngest, Ryder is 7) and pioneer for the arts within her community. She runs a stunt school based in New Zealand and works with youth.

If you know and love Dayna, have enjoyed her work or shared her training/inspirational workshops please help us get her looked after as soon as possible and with the best care.

Let’s get Dayna fixed and on the road to recovery as soon as possible.

Ngā mihi nui.

Thank you

Use of funds

To pay for the urgent brain/aneurysm surgery. If there is enough raised funding may also be used for post-op physio after care. Health insurance has confirmed they are unable to cover the surgery, and the public system has a minimum 4 month waiting list. ACC have also fought to say that it’s not covered.

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Dayna is healing and happy….   2 April 2022

In true superhero fashion - Dayna has been healing and recovering like “Wolverine” since her surgery. She has been helped tremendously by spending at least one hour + in a “Hard” Hyperbaric Chamber daily which has only been possible due to your support. Additionally, she has been able to seek nutritional support and physical & cognitive therapy regularly- all thanks to these amazing donations. As you may know, Dayna was unable to work for months prior to having her life-saving surgery and required the care of another 24/7. Currently, Dayna’s eyesight is roughly 80% back in the left eye. Much improved and Dayna is very happy with this progress. Dayna was able to do her first scuba dive in the Ocean since 2020- another huge milestone in her recovery. Dayna has taken it upon herself to try to educate others on head injuries/concussions (as well as directly help others with brain trauma) and rehabilitation, specifically in regard to the benefits of the Hyperbaric chamber, lots of love and laughter!

Dayna has been able to re-open her stunt school “New Zealand Stunt School” and is enjoying teaching and helping the new stunt performers safely train and learn. She cannot thank everyone enough for supporting her through a time she feared going alone. Thank you to everyone who donated!

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 31 Aug 2021
Wanted to give one more time before the site closes. 😘 Continue the hard work!
Lucy Holloway
Lucy Holloway on 13 Aug 2021
Sending love and light
Keith on 11 Aug 2021
Fred on 10 Aug 2021
Prayers for a swift recovery.
Mike on 01 Aug 2021
I hope all is going well and getting better each day MAXX

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This campaign started on 28 Jun 2021 and ended on 31 Aug 2021.