Hello All! I just wanted to introduce myself for those of you who don’t know me. I am Ashley and started working in the office of the TTC in late September. Catherine is still around and helping me learn the business, but if you call then you will likely get me. I am enjoying working at the TTC and am excited about all that the new year is bringing! Look forward to meeting or seeing everyone at the Trials Training Days and the Youth Camp. Have a great day!
I emailed Eric’s dad, Steve Storz, who sent this today:
The accident took place on Nov. 21st. The 6 hour surgery to repair his face took place on Nov. 24th and went very well. Plastic surgeons inserted seven titanium plates to repair the facial fractures. The procedure was done in a very masterful way and I don’t think he will have any noticeable scarring.
He should have been released 2 or 3 days after the surgery, but unfortunately he suffered a really severe reaction to some of the antibiotics used as a precaution against infection, which has delayed his recovery. The good news is that he is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital today, December 7th. All indications are that he will make a complete recovery.
As a side note, we are really grateful for all of the support and prayers from the trials community (worldwide). It really does ease the burden.
Feel free to attach a ‘best wishes’ type comment here for Eric and we’ll make sure he sees it.
I emailed Bill Isben, father of 2008 National #3 Pro Will Ibsen, for an update on Will’s injuries sustained while competing in NY on Sunday. Here’s his reply:
Thanks for asking about how Will is doing. Since several folks are asking, here’s a recap.
Here’s what happened: Will flipped off a 1.5-2-story high steep, rutted out waterfall hillside and landed hard on his head/shoulder area in the shale-bottomed creek, and then the bike flipped off the hillside and landed directly on his back and head. It took about 15 medics and firemen to strap/immobilize him to a backboard/sled and hoist him up the waterfall to get to the Mule for transport to the ambulance.
We just drove in from NY late last night, and are going to the doctor here in Atlanta today to schedule an MRI, CATSCAN, etc. Looks like possible broken shoulder blade, possible torn rotator cuff, and multiple forehead lacerations stitched up with steri-strips. Final diagnosis of the actual extent of injury will be after the tests.
We are grateful to God that there appear to be no head, neck, or spine injuries, which was our biggest concern at the time.
He looks pretty banged up – like he’d been in quite the fist-fight and clearly lost, but he’s doing fine; he’s on pain killers and is wearing a sling, but is otherwise in good spirits. Wasn’t quite the way we wanted to end the 2009 season, to say the least!