It’s unfortunate and thankfully rare when we have bad news from the Canfield Brothers but this is one of those times. Chris was riding yesterday when he went down hard and broke his back at the c5-c6 disc. Long story short, he is going into surgery this afternoon around 4 and will be out for quite some time. What does this mean for Canfield Brothers Bikes? Best case scenario, not to much, but it will require the help of our friends to pull through this one. Chris’s medical bills will be substantial and insurance is only covering a small part of the total amount. We’ve given you the ability to donate through paypal. We’d really appreciate your help getting Chris back on his feet and feel free to send your best to Chris via email or comment. He’d love to hear from you.
Update Sun. 6/26:
Thank you everyone for your concern. We will put out an update on Chris’s post-op status as soon as we hear anything, hopefully this afternoon.
Update Mon. 6/27:
Friday afternoon – due to some unexpected complications associated with a pseudo anurysm, Chris was transferred via helicopter to University Hospital in Salt Lake, where he could be monitored and cared for by the vascular specialists and trauma team. It was great to be able to get him to SLC where they handle spinal injuries, and complications like this way more frequently than the hospital in Jackson. Tossing cookies on the heli was the highlight of his flight.
Saturday – Chris is all settled into the hospital, and the complications have somehow disappeared. He is scheduled for surgery this morning and moved to a “regular” room. Overnight, the docs had decided it is ok to begin cervical traction to allow the dislocated disk that was creating numbness in Chris’ left arm to return to it’s proper location. Success with the traction, Chris is finally a bit more comfortable. Chris’ surgery is postponed due to another more critical patient getting his surgeon’s slot today. Chris has a few visitors and finally catches up on sleep.
Sunday – Surgery finally! A few hours after surgery, Chris walked – yes – WALKED into the waiting room where Lance & Michelle and sisters Paige and April are hanging. Chris does look like a guy who just had surgery – but more importantly, he was walking! and gives everyone a thumb’s up!
As of Sunday afternoon, there’s a good chance Chris will be released Monday and begin his summer-long recovery.
Monday morning ~ Lance received a call that Chris has been released and is being taken to his mom’s house in Layton. GREAT NEWS!!!
Give us another day or two and we’ll get you another update on his (and Lance’s) progress…
Additional note: Thanks to everyone as well for keeping Lance in their thoughts too. It has been a tough few days for him. First, to have just had surgery on a broken leg and dislocated foot, (which includes a plate along his fibula that was attached by several screws). Then the very next day to hear your brother has had an accident and a broken neck. Next day was a full day at the hospital with Lance fielding over 100 calls from concerned friends. A long van ride to SLC the same day and back to the hospital to be with Chris. We’re getting Lance back to Jackson soon to start his recovery and encourage a few days of much needed rest.
The Canfield Brothers would also like to thank everyone that has been so gracious with their support and donations. It’s times like these that we realize we are part of a truly amazing community. Thank you all.