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Kelly P notified us of this on the 25th in the HF swap with an Irish Twist (I just saw it this morning):
He is having surgery on both tibias and one femur tomorrow as result of injuries sustained during a bad head-on collision northwest of Amarillo on the 15th.
Let's keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
I hope that Kelly and Linda don't mind but I will post the update that Kelly gave us yesterday in the swap:
My brother's surgeries today were successful and the surgeon is hopeful that, barring any unforeseen complications, we are through with the surgeries for now and ready to enter the healing time. Hugh will be in a wheelchair for about three months and then we can get him on his feet and see about him walking again. He'll be in the hospital for the next couple of days, then in a rehab facility for a week (plus or minus a few days), then home to recuperate and heal.
The accident was caused when another driver tried to pass a string of cars at a high rate of speed, in a no-passing zone on a winding, two-lane road northwest of Amarillo. He was headed south; my brother was headed north. The collision was head-on, driver-side area to driver-side. The other driver was killed.
This has been a very scary time for my family, but we are so grateful and thankful that Hugh is alive and that a full recovery is possible. God is good and we are blessed.
The outpouring of love and warmth is enough to make one cry. Thank you all so very much ... Linda & I feel the love across the miles!
It may be too soon for this kind of humor, but I'm not standing too close to my brother in a lightning storm! God definitely has something planned for him. He was amazingly lucky/blessed/fortunate ... you pick the word. And we have so many people to thank, starting with the first responders who got Hugh cut out of the car (45 minutes) and rushed to Amarillo's Trauma 1 Treatment Center at Northwest Texas Hospital.
He had a superb team in ER who, quite literally, saved his life. Left leg femur and tibia/fibula - compound fractures; right leg tibia/fibula crushed. The nurses told us the engine was sitting on his legs. Hugh received outstanding, top-notch care in Surgical ICU at Northwest until he was stable enough to be moved, then he was medi-flighted to OU Medical Center (Oklahoma's only Trauma 1 Center) on Wednesday the 19th (accident was on the 15th).
So, that's the summary version. No internal injuries, no spinal damage, no brain damage. This could have gone so much worse that, as bad as it is, we do nothing but give thanks; because Hugh can and will make a full recovery. Hugh & I have two other brothers - also in Oklahoma and my sister-in-law has three siblings of her own, so there is lots of family surrounding Hugh & Carrie and keeping them supported and pointed in the forward direction.
And, what I know is that my brother is an amazing man - strong, courageous and with a sense of humor that will carry all of us through this. His first night out of surgery, still drugged, groggy and in pain, he commented to the nurses when they came in to draw blood, "What. There wasn't enough at the accident?"
Scary, scary times ... but my family is one of a "glass half-full," "light at the end of the tunnel" philosophy and, with love, faith, humor and a lot of hard work, Hugh will get through this.
I'll close with Hugh's standard expression any time someone is leaving ...
With love to our HF Forum friends,
Kelly (& Linda)
Kelly and Linda...what a scary time. You are so right: love, humor and strength will get you all through this. I'm sending all these things your way, with some patience for Hugh as well. I'm so glad it wasn't worse. That gratitude is another blessing that will get you though so much!
Love, prayers, and hugs!
How frightening for all. I'm so glad he's on the mend even though it sounds like the healing will take some time.
I'm always in awe of how life can turn on a dime.
Prayers, hugs and good thoughts heading your way.