Saturday, August 12, 2006

Richard's Accident on August 8, 2006

On Tuesday morning, August 8th, around 2:20 a.m., our son, Mack had a motorcycle accident on I-295. He was getting on the I-295 ramp in Hopewell going north. As he accellerated, his sprocket chain came off. I understand from a witness, who was behind him - and who called 911, that he held the wobbling bike on the road for a couple of minutes, then lost control, hitting the Jersey wall on his right side. The bike then went flying in one direction into a field and Mack flew into the air and hit the concrete sound barrier wall. He was going about 60 mph when this happened according to the witness. He was wearing a full-faced helmet, but no leathers for protection.

Mack was stabilized at the scene of the accident by helicopter EMTs on I -295. Once stablized, they med-flighted him to MCV in Richmond. He arrived at MCV around 4 am on Tuesday morning. Around 5 a.m. the police came to Belinda's (his girlfriend) house to tell her about the accident, then she called us to inform us of the accident.

When we arrived at MCV to see him, he was in a coma. His head has swollen to almost twice it's normal size. The main injuries the doctors are seriously concerned with right now are his brain and lung injuries. Mack also has a broken neck, broken vertebrae, multiple fractures in his right side and a broken collarbone. The road-rash is severe all over his body.

As of yesterday, Mack was slightly improving, but started running a low-grade fever, which the doctors warned us about. He is still in a coma. The doctors aren't comfortable in taking him into the OR to repair the broken bones just yet, but if he continues to improve, they will go in and repair everything at once. The doctors said the fact that he was still young (26), improves his chance of survival greatly.

The hospital will only give information of his condition to 2 immediate family members (Dad & Mom) by phone. We will do our best to keep everyone updated as much as possible, but would appreciate it if you could help us out with a phone-call chain. Whenever you get word of an update, please call and update our other friends whenever you can. Or, if you haven't had an update in a while, we apologize, but please call someone in our immediate family to get an update. If you can't reach us by phone at home, we are with him at Medical College of Virginia. We are usually up there from about 10 a.m. until 9 or 10 p.m. I know you will understand that we can't possibly make over 100 phone calls a day to update everyone we would like to update. My plan is to use this blog-site to update everyone on Mack's condition as we know it each day. I plan to update this blog each evening, if possible.

Mack has survived the first critical 72 hours, thank God; however, it will be a long road to recovery - whatever that will be. We ask that you please keep him in your daily prayers!

Love to all,
Ruth & Richard


Anonymous Jara said...

Even though I am a stranger to you, we have a friend in comon Brenda. Also know that my prayers are with the young man and his Family.

4:30 AM  
Anonymous Cary Evans said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with Richard and your entire family every night. As Kelly said yesterday "Richard is a fighter." I think this is a true indication of that.

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts.

Curtis & Cary Evans (Kelly Manor's sister & brother in-law)

10:36 PM  
Blogger tonya*leigh said...

Ruth and Richard,
I have learned about the motorcycle accident and am so sorry that this is happened... I am also praying every night for his full recovery and know that my best wishes are with you all and I will continue to pray for him


8:36 AM  
Blogger Jason & Kristen said...

Richard is in our thoughts and prayers. Jason and I will be there first thing Friday morning and will stay as long as we possibly can. Hang in there...and tell Richard we love and miss him.
Best Wishes,
Jason and Kristen

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Paul Mooney said...

richie rich,
you are one of the strongest people i know in this world, if anyone can pull through this its you.

Paul Mooney

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Brittany Vaughan (richards cousin)(mark cookes daughter) said...

i dont know if u know but my name is brittany vaughan and richard is my cousin. we are all praying for his quick recovery. he is a fighter. he will make it.i know it.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous brittany vaughan said...

im mark cookes daughter by the way

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Kevin L. Allen said...

Brigitte and I have Lil' Mack in our thoughts and prayers. I know he will be allright because our God is a good God!

Peace And Love
Kevin L. Allen

3:55 AM  

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