Thoughts and prayers to all families and friends involved. Godspeed Jake.
Baja Belk,Wendy is improving, slowly but surely. Not ready for visitors yet but hopefully soon.
It was Phylis Evans’ chopper (Walker’s wife) that took Wendy to La Paz. The first of several heroes. The guys that hit her were also awesome. It was so dusty, not at all their fault. They stayed with my dad long after Wendy had been flown out, even though they could have continued racing at that point. They have also been really good about following up.
Update on Wendy, just cut and paste from social media....too tired to write something new.
For those just now finding out, and for the countless number of friends checking in, Wendy has asked to me fill everyone in on her behalf (because it’s hard to type on a phone with IV’s stuck in you everywhere). In the words of Inigo Montoya…”let me sum up”. On April 26th, on the last day of the 1300 mile NORRA Mexico 1000 rally, Wendy (navigator) and my dad (driver) were involved in a slow roll over near Todos Santos (just north of Cabo). When Wendy got out of the car, she was hit by another race vehicle in the dust. A different team’s helicopter landed and flew her to La Paz, where she underwent an emergency surgery to relieve internal bleeding, and a fasciotomy of her lower right leg to relieve pressure caused by compartment syndrome. After 2 days (and still sedated), she was flown via medevac jet to UCSD Hillcrest where she underwent immediate surgery by the trauma team who performed another fasciotomy of the leg. Unfortunately, it was discovered that her injuries were much worse than originally feared. Broken left tibia, 2 or 3 torn ligaments in left knee, dislocated right knee, crushed artery, 3 or 4 torn ligaments in right knee, cracked liver, and necrosis of her toes and lateral compartment muscles of the right leg from the vascular damage. She has had several surgeries here, including complete removal of the lateral compartment muscles of the lower right leg. At this point it is looking more and more like an amputation of the right leg below the knee may end up being a better long-term solution for her lifestyle. It’s not an easy decision, but it’s one that she is prepared to make and frankly I’m more terrified for her physical therapists than I am for her. Because I know that she’s going to be fine, and she’s going to be back up and running (figuratively and literally) soon. She is in great spirits and ready to start rehab pretty much, like, yesterday.
Asking the racing community if anyone has a line on temporary rental housing. My parents are splitting time between here and Palm Desert where they live, and my house is too small for everybody. We are considering something long term for Wendy and her PT when she gets out, but we need something for a few months in the interim. Not looking for anything free, we can pay, but inventory on month-to-month rentals in central San Diego that would be wheelchair friendly (ie: no stairs) is limited so we're just having trouble finding something. If you have an idea, please email me at email@example.com. Thanks to you all.