Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Jimbo - Day 1 (April 10th - Surgeries)
At 3:45 am on April 10th Jimmy Dale was badly injured in an automobile accident on interstate 35 near Sterret Rd. He rear ended an 18wheeler trailer parked on the should of the road. They had to use the jaws of life to get him out from the wreckage. He was careflighted to Parkland Trauma Center around 5am.
After arrival the trauma doctors did several xrays and a CAT scan. They found that his right ankle had been dislocated and several broken bones. Both of his femurs were broke in half. His right femur where it connects to the hip bone was broken around the bottom of the ball. The hip bone was also cracked above the ball and several pieces of the bone were broken off between the ball and the hip socket. He also had several broken ribs.
While the trauma doctors were getting ready for surgery to repair the femur they found an unknown number of tears on the inside of his aorta (the major artery going into the heart). There was some internal bleeding coming from an unknown source and they could not determine how severe it was. The trauma doctors had to prioratize where to start first. They decieded to start the first surgery with the aorta.
They moved him from the ER to ICU and that was when his blood pressure went extremely high. Before they could take him into surgery they had to get his blood pressure stabilized. They gave him medicine and when they did his blood pressure dropped really low. After they got him somewhat stabilized the took him into surgery. That was a little after 2:00 pm.
He came out of the first surgery ok after they had placed a 7 inch stent in the aorta to help repair two tears. They also put in a 2 inch stent as a filter on the undamaged side of the aorta to help catch blood clots and prevent stroke.
He was doing well enough that they went ahead and did the second surgery on his stomach tow look for the internal bleeding. Thankfully, there was no major damge to his spleen, pancreas, or liver but severe bruising. They did find a tear in his colon and a hole in his intestine that they fixed. He was out of surgery and back in ICU by 7:30pm. Will update more later.
This is from the Eastwood Family to let everyone know what is going on. More updates will be posted later. Thank you for everything. PLEASE keep the prayers coming.