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Monday, April 8, 2013

Update from Monday, April 8th, 2013

Update on Ben Wolverton: Ben is still recovering from his accident and remains in a coma. His blood count was low this morning, so they're giving him two more units of blood. (They gave him a couple during brain surgery last week, and I think he got some while on the life flight.)

Ben also got a CAT scan this morning, and we compared this one to his three previous CAT scans, and spoke with his doctor. Ben has significant damage in a couple parts of his brain. The biggest worry is the area that controls his speech/word recognition, and the area that controls the ability to walk. His vision may also be affected, and there are some other questionable areas. The doctor says that Ben will probably need months of intense therapy to help with his rehabilitation.

It sounds as if Ben will remain in the ICU for a couple more weeks, but I'm not sure about that. Doctors do want to do surgery to repair his knees, which may need some skin grafts, and we don't have word yet on what might be done for his broken pelvis bones or spinal injuries.

Of course, we don't know until Ben wakes up whether he will be better off or worse off than predicted, so we're keeping our fingers crossed.