Will Stranch | CaringBridge

Will Stranch

First post: Mar 30, 2018 Latest post: Apr 2, 2018

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As many of you know, Will experienced an extremely severe skiing accident in Montana on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Will has been an incredible fighter and is progressing wonderfully given the nature of his fall. 

What happened?  

Will was skiing on a trail at Red Lodge Montana with some of his ski team friends. Will was coming very fast into a very icey and sharp S shaped turn  causing him to skid on the ice. In order to not skid into trees, he stopped trying to turn and went straight off a 10 ft ledge. His skis popped off,  hit his head, flipped and  hit is head again. He was unconscious for 2 min.  The helmet he was wearing saved his life. His friends that were with him called for help and were quite literally angels to be there to take him to the emergency room and then transport him to the ICU to see a neurosurgeon in Billings, MT where I was able to fly from Boston to be by his side.

What kind of injuries has he sustained: 

1. Diffuse Axonal Injury
2. Shear Injury
3. Hemorrhaging around his lateral nucleus geniculate
4. Fracture/Cracked C3 and C5 
5. Torn  muscles and ligaments. Especially on his upper left torso 


Will is expected to make a full recovery. He as been approved for outpatient rehab  for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and will be evaluated by a Neuropsychologist to see what kind of cognitive therapy he will need.

He is talking, walking slowly and has good long term memory function. Everyday he is making tremendous progress. The neurosurgeon and therapists are amazed at how quickly he is healing given all of the traumatic injuries he has endured.

Our current plan is to fly him back to NC when he is cleared from the hospital and he will be taken care of by his father, sister, aunts and friends. Exact dates TBD.

Will is a true miracle and we owe it all to the protection from our heavenly Father and angels. The doctor told him he is lucky to be alive, since most do not make it through this kind of brain trauma. Thank you to everyone for your prayers, support, and love. Will is feeling it and he smiles everytime he talks to someone or I read him a message from family and his awesome group of friends. 

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