On 8/12/07, Nick Cafferky broke his neck in the rough Dewey Beach surf, and is now a quadriplegic. After critical care in Delaware and inpatient and outpatient rehab at Kenedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, Nick is getting ready to go back to school 3/3/08. To keep up with this adventure, please go to http://www.nickcafferky.org.
Nick, a truly phenomenal 16 years old kid, was enjoying another summer at Dewey, an annual tradition with family and close friends. Nick had spent this summer working at Grotto Pizza in Dewey and hanging with friends at the beach. Shortly after noon, while playing in the surf, Nick had a serious accident, breaking his neck at C4/C5. He was rescued and revived by the heroes of Dewey Beach Patrol and sent via medivac to Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, DE. He went through surgery to stabilize his vertebrae and prevent further damage to the spinal tissue. Nick is currently recovering at Christiana, awaiting return to the Washington DC area to a rehabilitation center. The accident has left him paralyzed below the chest with only some movement in his arms , very little movement in his hands, and no movement or feeling below the chest.
Nick is a senior at Langley High School in Mclean, VA and lives in Great Falls, VA.
Several people have asked about making a donation to assist with Nick's medical care and rehab, beyond what is covered by insurance. We are only just realizing the tremendous costs of a devastating injury like this. Please visit www.nickcafferky.org for information on this and fundraisers being held on Nick's behalf