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Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Charlie Bennett was in a severe motorcycle accident on Thursday, November 5, 2020 around 5:25 pm after leaving work. His motorcycle T-boned a car as the person was making a left turn. Charlie suffered severe injuries to his spine, neck, right leg, chest and head. He was wearing his helmet and the proper clothing while driving his motorcycle which helped save his life.
When Charlie's family arrived to the emergency room, he was not paralyzed, able to talk, and knew family was there (he reached out, grabbed my hand and squeezed). He was actually quite lucid, despite the severe pain and sedation. After all of what happened, this was a welcome surprise.
That evening, he was rushed into emergency surgery to repair his right leg, which had a compound fracture to his femur (the bone broke the skin). The trauma team knew that he would need spinal surgery to repair his lower back and scheduled it for Saturday so they could run many tests to determine the extent of the damage.
On Saturday, Charlie had a 12 hour spinal fusion surgery to fuse his spine from the thoracic (T10) to his pelvis. With the accident, his lower spine literally exploded into small sharp pieces which also ruptured the spinal sac, exposing the nerves. We are still shocked he didn't experience paralysis.
At this time, he is heavily sedated and on a ventilator to allow his body to heal. They are allowing him to rest, with little movement. It's a good thing.
As you know, due to Covid, the hospitals are limiting visitors to one person per day. At this time, only Charlie's parents, Charlie and Joetta are able to go to the hospital.
We have hope that he will pull through all of this, but it is complicated and will be a very long road of recovery. We ask for your prayers, thoughts and strength for him.