For those of you who weren't there to witness the event, Jamie was racing yesterday in the Formula One race at Infineon Raceway. It was the 7th race on turn 8 where he got a bit too aggessive and lost control of his bike. He landed on the track where he was runover by another racer.
A shout out to that racer (GoGo) as we know that this was unavoidable. We are truly grateful for your adept riding abilities because we know if Jamie had been hit in any other location on his body, he would probably be dead or wish that he was. Jamie and his family are eternally grateful to you.
Back to the salient event, he was airlifted to the closest hospital, Santa Rosa Memorial, where his injuries were assessed.
As we are learning, as they repair certain things they may find others. His injuries include a pelvis, fractured in 5 places, a broken ulna, 3 broken ribs, a broken vertabrae, and two very significant wounds on his elbow and his hip. Additionally, he has some internal bleeding, more on that later. Initially, the main concerns were blood clots and getting enough oxygen to the lungs, so he doesn't get pnuemonia. Last night he underwent surgery to repair the ulna, as he will need a lot of upper body strength in the near future. Additionally, they cleaned the wounds extensively to prevent infection.
As luck would have it, Jamie was trying to get in one more race before our family reunion. Jamie arrived to the hospital and followed shortly by his wife and 3 kids, sister and neice and brother, sister-in-law and 3 nieces and nephews. Our kids really have no idea of the seriousness of the situation as you can see, which we feel is a good thing and were able to continue up to the family reunion location with Uncle Tommy and Aunt Paula.
We will continue to update all of you as we know more. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate the guys in Jamie's pit, the track and medical personnel at Infineon Raceway, the helicopter team and the hospital team. Also, most importantly all of Jamie's friends.