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?
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