Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thanks for the support!

Here are the details as we have them right now.

Yesterday afternoon Zack was swimming at the beach with friends. After diving into shallow water he hit his head and broke his neck at C4. He does not have any head (brain) trauma. He does have a crushed vertebrae, however the spinal cord is intact. He has some sensation throughout his body, including his arms and legs. He is able to achieve slight movement with his shoulders and arms.

He is currently in ICU at CHOC Hospital receiving excellent care. He is scheduled for surgery tomorrow from about 1-7pm where the surgeons will do two back-to-back surgeries to replace the crushed vertebrae with a donor vertebrae and put in pins to stabilize his neck. The family is asking for no visitors at this point until he is out of surgery. Zack is very tired and sleeping a lot and they are also trying to minimize his exposure to any infections.

Please be praying for swelling of the spinal cord to go down, a successful surgery, and no complications with blood clots. We will be posting a link tomorrow for a website where anyone interested can sign up to help with meals, house cleaning, laundry, etc. Check back for that! We will continue to update this site as we have new information on Zack's condition.

Thank you so much for every one who has contacted us with prayers and offers of help. We are SO thankful for each and every one of you! Your love is holding us up!

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