Yesterday at 6:30pm, my 2nd son affectionately refered to as Ricerson, totaled his 2002 Hundyai Sonata. He just got the car 3 weeks ago - I don't even have a before picture of it. His seatbelt and airbag saved his life - no broken bones, no internal injuries, however he did suffer a traumatic head/neck injury - the jury is still out on what the longterm effects will be. He was Mercy Flighted to ECMC in Buffalo and I learned of the accident when the ER Nurse called me to get info about him.
He was up and walking to the bathroom on his own today and began eating. He has both retrograde and post-traumatic amnesia (retrograde = memory loss directly preceding the injury; post-traumatic = confusion associated with the inability to lay down new memory following an injury) He was upset because he couldn't remember his nurse'* name tonight, even though she told him three times. I told him, "...honey, you couldn't remember names before the injury"
The most information I got about the accident was the newspaper. Go figure. He was passing a car in a no-passing zone when an oncoming car appeared. He cut back over into the right lane to avoid the head on (he had cleared the other car) lost control, broke driver rear tire at some point, flipped the car end over into the utility pole. The pole redirected the car back across the road, barrel rolling into the lefthand ditch, it continued to roll/spin around banking back onto the road. Parts were scattered everywhere.
The neurosurgen finally looked at the CT scans and xrays tonight around 5pm. Agreed that the vertebrae all appear to be intact and that there was no initial bleeding on the brain. He wants to do an MRI but can't until the swelling goes down in his neck area. I do not understand this point (I wasn't there when the Dr came in tonight) so I am now doing research on Brain Injuries to gain a better understanding.
He still has severe pain in the base of his neck/spine that seemed to concern the medical staff, although they tried to conceal their concern. He will be need to be hospitalized for another 3-4 days until the MRI can be done. This is what they are saying...in my mind, I'm thinking that due to his lingering amnesia and neckpain, the truth is that only time will tell how severe the injury will truly be. He will be in a neckbrace for an undermined amount of time.
The boy is concerned about his headunit, speakers, and cell phone. He has no clue. The firemen, EMT'*, and tow truck driver all say they cannot believe anyone survived such a crash much less suffered no broken bones or internal injuries (other than brain scramble). I do believe in Divine Intervention.... there is no questioning it now. Even his room number is 777-A.
Pics of the car: Keep in mind that all of the parts were thrown back into the car which is much of what you'll see sticking out of the sunroof. I was not allowed back into where the car was (after hours...Rotweilers in yard). The tow truck driver took my camera back and snapped the pics for me. Turns out, I went to high school with him.
BEFORE: (Stock Photo'* from www.kbb.com
Rear view - driverside
Rearview - passengerside
Windsheild from passengerside
driverside - sunroof (frong bumper is sticking out of the top)