Dalton Den Hartog-Hopcroft Dalton Den Hartog-Hopcrof

First post: Feb 17, 2022 Latest post: Feb 27, 2022
Hello - Welcome to Dalton's CaringBridge. I am a friend of Kelli ( Dalton's mom) and am helping her with this site to help keep everyone as up-to date on Daltons progress the best I can. Right now This will be the best way to get updates as it can be very overwhelming getting asked multiple times a day for updates. Please know that if you've reached out to anyone in the family and they haven't responded its not because they are ignoring you, it's just hard to get back to everyone.  

On February 14, around 7:30 am Dalton was in a serious head on car collision and sustained life threading injuries. Its undetermined at this time how the accident occurred, however what we do know is that Dalton hit head on with a pickup-truck about half mile east of Orange City as he was westbound on Highway 10. From what we know Daltons car crossed into the eastbound lane. The truck coming towards Dalton swerved to the left to try avoid the collision, but at the same time Dalton swerved back into his own lane trying to correct going over the center lane and this is when the two collided. 

After first responders were able to get Dalton removed safely from the vehicle they transported him to the Orange City hospital. When they arrived at the hospital the helicopter had arrived before he even got to the hospital and was ready to take off as soon as they had him stable. They intubated Dalton first thing when they got to the hospital and put him on the helicopter where he was taken straight to MercyOne hospital in Sioux City.  From what Kelli has told me - given the circumstances, things couldn't have gone any smoother than what they did as it relates to getting Dalton to the hospital and straight to Sioux City . Given the severity of the accident they weren't sure he was going to make it to Mercy. The quick actions of the first responders from arriving on scene, to calling ahead of time to make sure the helicopter was there and ready to go as soon as they were able to take off is a huge factor as to why we didn't lose Dalton. 

After arriving at Mercy, it was determined the injuries sustained in the accident included: Broken nose, he broke the femur in his left leg, had a compound fracture on his left leg. His bone penetrated the skin from his knee to his ankle - the way Kelli described it as it as being similar to filleting a fish the way his bone sliced through his skin. He also suffered a broken right elbow, an injury to his left index finger - some how the entire bed of his nail was ripped off. He has a large laceration to his right inner thigh, a fractured pelvis, 3 contusions to his bowel, and a C5 (upper neck) spinal fracture. He is full of bruises and cuts due to the impact and broken glass. Dalton was wearing a seatbelt and his airbags did deploy properly which is another big factor that kept him alive.  From what tests showed other than the C5 spinal fracture (which wasn't major) He has no head trauma or internal bleeding.

Shortly after noon on Monday they took him into surgery to do surgery on both of his legs. They also removed 6 inches of bowel on his left side because of the impact sustained from the seatbelt. He came out of surgery around 6PM . They have him in the ICU where he is on the ventilator and pretty heavily sedated. Tuesday morning they took him into surgery to fix his elbow and his finger. Tomorrow ( Thursday, February 17) Dalton will have surgery on his pelvis to help stabilize it. 

It is not determined how long Dalton will be in the hospital, but without a doubt will have a LONG road of recovery ahead of him. 

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