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On December 15, 2018, Chandler Espinoza was riding his BMX bike to work in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, around dusk. After entering a crosswalk, he was struck by a car. There appears to have been no reckless behavior on behalf of the driver, who stayed at the scene. It was just a tragic accident.
Today, Chandler is at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo in the surgical ICU. He's completely sedated in order to keep him immobile and resting until he can undergo surgery to stabilize his spine. A portion of his skull was removed Saturday night to relieve the pressure in his brain. Our biggest concerns are brain function/injury and possible spinal paralysis.
On Monday, December 24th, Chandler will have surgery to stabilize his spine. There is a T-4 injury to that needs to be addressed. Once they stabilize his spine, they will bring him out of sedation. That will be the point at which they will be able to assess the extent of his brain injury. We are praying for the best possible outcome for Chandler.