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On Saturday, September 1, 2018, the Jordan family was visiting relatives in Snyder, TX. While on their visit, they planned and prepared to go dove hunting, as it was opening day of the season.
Will and his mother, Kristi, drove in their UTV to dump an ice chest. They did not put seatbelts on as the vehicle does not exceed 15 miles per hour with seatbelts unbuckled. Although the ride was short, the vehicle skidded on some gravel. Will jumped out of the vehicle as it began turning on its side. The vehicle landed on Will’s lower leg, pinning it to the ground. The impact also broke Kristi’s arm.
Thankfully, a relative had just received their Registered Nurse license and was employed by UMC. She made a tourniquet for Will’s leg. A helicopter arrived to take him to UMC. He had a broken tibia and degloving of his lower leg. He later suffered kidney and gall stones.
Dr. Michel Diab performed Will’s first surgery that night. Will spent four days in UMC’s Pediatric ICU and 10 days on our Pediatric floor. He, later, had four additional hospitalizations. In total, Will spent 24 days at UMC and has undergone 14 surgeries.
Will is making strides toward recovery! He was able to go back to school in January, after spending the first semester being home-bound. He continues physical therapy and is now able to use crutches.