My little brother Evan has been spending the winter teaching snowboarding in Aspen and had a serious accident today.
Apparently on the last run of the last day of the season, there was a problem with the snowboard. He flipping twice in midair before landing on his head.
He broke his neck — cervical vertebra 7.
But he can move his fingers and toes, which I guess is the important thing because it indicates no spinal cord damage?
I spoke to him at the hospital, where he was actually having dinner in his room. He seemed alright, a little drugged up, but in good spirits. He said he was fine laying down, but it hurt to stand or sit up.
The doctors did a bunch of tests tonight and are planning an MRI tomorrow (Tuesday) which will indicate whether surgery is needed. Either way, I guess he’s looking at a long time in a cervical collar. (Thankfully, he has a girl there taking care of him).
It sounds like he’ll be okay… but if anyone has any experience with this type of injury, please share it.
UPDATE 4/5/05: Surgery is set for tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1 p.m.
Evan said that after looking at his MRI, his doctor told him he was lucky he wasn’t paralyzed – but prognosis is good for a fully recovery within a few months.
UPDATE 4/7/05: The surgery went well, I’m told Evan is in some pain and somewhat cranky, but it looks like everything is going to be okay.