Skip to comments.New Jersey - Corzine on breathing tube and facing long recovery
Posted on 04/13/2007 2:40:56 AM PDT by HAL9000
The duration and distance were short, but in those dizzying seconds and feet, Gov. Jon Corzine suffered injuries serious enough to land him in intensive care with a breathing tube down his throat and a doctor declaring him lucky to be alive.
The 60-year-old governor underwent about two hours of surgery last night to repair multiple broken bones, including 12 ribs and a femur that protruded through the skin of his thigh following a car accident on the Garden State Parkway in Galloway Township.
With two of his adult children by his beside, Corzine, sedated and on intravenous painkillers, remains in intensive care in Cooper University Hospital in Camden this morning. He required seven pints of blood, officials said, and is using a breathing tube to ease his respiration with the broken ribs, and a broken breastbone.
The governor also suffered a broken collarbone and lower back bone and a flap-like cut on his skull, which was a plastic surgeon stitched back together.
Corzine spokesman Anthony Coley said the governor did not appear to have suffered brain or spinal cord damage.
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I wonder what the fallout will be if it turns out to be an illegal that hit him.
Egads, not only was this man in a horrible accident, he's anatomically challenged as well. :-/
Calling John Edwards to the rescue!
A broken femur is not a fun recovery. :-(
Robert Ostrum, chief of orthopedic trauma surgery at the hospital, said the governor will need more surgeries, probably tomorrow and Monday, because of the femur fracture that pushed the bone through the skin of his leg.
Doctors inserted a metal rod in his bone and fastened it in place with screws. But they did not put a cast on his leg or close the wound. For now the leg is wrapped in a bandage because they will have to surgically cleanse the wound to prevent infection from setting in.
“He has responded well, but he does have significant injuries,” Ostrum said last night, also describing the governor’s ailments as “multi-system injuries.” The doctor said Corzine faces months of physical therapy.
Broken ribs at that age is deadly and is a very difficult and long recovery. Not only painful, but likely aspiration pnumonia, lung damage, infection, etc...
Best wishes to Corzine and his family.
Prayers for Mr Corzine
Wow, what a mess he’s in. I doubt he’ll be able to govern for a while. Or do much of anything.
Last I heard this was a hit and run accident. I don’t really believe much in accidents. Someone done screwed up big time. Accident means two people came together without anyone being at fault.
Do you have any indication that an illegal alien slammed into him?
No worries, Mr. Corzine. This cut was just a little plastic surgeon. It's from the "Doctor Ken and Nurse Barbie" set, I think.
Prayers for his recovery.
Was he wearing a seat belt?
None at all. I was just musing.
I guess the femur was protruding OUT, and the ribs were protruding IN... ;->
According to all the articles I've seen this morning, it's "unclear". Does NJ have a seatbelt law?
Another victim of take your pick: Imus, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Billy Sol Hargas.
Corzine’s motorcade has been reported to drive at high speeds and the Governor himself has been known to roll down his window and give the Flying Finger of Friendship” to anyone who doesn’t get out of their way. As I recall, when Cristy Whitman’s driver was exceeding the posted speed limit, the New Jersey press went on a Jihad for putting other drivers lives in danger.
So the dems just need to pony up another cheating lieing weasel to take his place.
Are those LEOs with him actually NJ State Troopers, or Corzine's Praetorian Guard?
Seatbelts must be worn by all people in the front seats of vehicles in the People’s Republic of NJ.
No fun at all! When I was 7 I was hit by a car and suffered a concussion and a complete fracture of my right femur. I was in the hospital for a month and in a cast for 3 months, followed by physical therapy to relearn how to walk.
already in place acting weasel Cody
Ooh you just brought back memories! You're right, at his age this could be very serious. Notwithstanding his politics, I'm sorry for his injuries and hope he pulls through.
I wish him a full recovery.
The femur is the largest bone in the body and carries a lot of blood. A broken femur often means death within minutes from blood loss.
Sounds like one tough dude. Prayers for his recovery.
this excerpt os from the NY Post article today:
The governor does not usually wear a seat belt, a law-enforcement official said, but it was unknown whether he was wearing one at the time of the crash.
Although leaving the scene of the accident is almost always inexcusible, don't discount the possibility that the accident could have been caused by the State Trooper, who was behind the wheel of Corzine's car. In my observations after many years of driving, State Troopers (and other LEO) act as if speed limits, the use of directionals, prohibitions against tailgating and cell phones, and other rules of the road are for the little people.
You shouldn't take my comment as implying I would take any satisfaction from this accident regardless of who turns out to be responsible. Personally, I have no interest at all in NJ politics, but with so much news these days about illegals causing accidents, plus it being a hit and run my first thought was that if it does indeed turn out to be an illegal responsible, it will probably change some minds on the immigration issue.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has ceased calling events such as this 'accidents'. The official term is 'crashes'. This is about the one and only useful government action taken by the Clinton Administration.
That was the exact question that came to me when I heard about the hit-and-run.
“Was he wearing a seat belt?”
If not, they better publicize it and fine his a$$ . That would happen to you, me, and any other lowly citizen of the “People’s Republic of New Jersey !”
The topography of his injuries strongly suggests he was not.
NO....and it makes one wonder why not, other than he never does......what were he and the lady (and I use that term lightly) doing in the back seat without their seatbelts???
We’ve had two “death by cop “ driving accidents in South Jersey in the last six months . One state trooper ran a stop sign at night , no lights, sirens, etc. and killed two girls. The other local cop blew through an intersection at 90 mph and killed an 80 year old man whose son was a cop in the same town .
It is being reported this morning that he was not wearing a seatbelt but thats from MSNBC, so its still shaky information.
The accident becomes a bit of a Karl Rove-episode. The red truck that caused that accident....left and hasn’t been seen...no tag number either. The other passengers in the governor’s vehicle...barely injured (guessing they both had seat belts on). Their destination...on the way to supervise the Imus and Rudgers basketball squad “discussion”. The whole thing smells fishy and has to be the work of type of conspiracy....because he is a democrat...you know.
” A broken femur often means death within minutes from blood loss.”
I’m not a Dr. but do bones carry blood? I thought that was the job of arteries and veins.
Info obviously missing from the "reportage". Journalists indeed.
I wonder what it would be like to come on FR and read just one article that didn't have a post like that in the first five replies.
Yeah, - I think the odds are quite high. Well, we should know pretty soon - there must of been massive damage to the car - actually it is surprising s/he could leave the scene, and it being the governor, I expect they'll catch the responsible person soon.
“With two of his adult children by his beside, Corzine, sedated and on intravenous painkillers, remains in intensive care in Cooper University Hospital in Camden this morning.”
While I feel bad that Mr. Corzine suffered this tragic event, there is a silver lining in every cloud. He is now closer to the money and his constituency.
I suspect if he WAS wearing a seat belt, that it would immediately be reported.