Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Update on Jimmy Albertson’s Road 2 Recovery

Courtesy of Road 2 Recovery

Encinitas, CA  Team rider and owner of Jimmy Albertson Racing, Jimmy Albertson was severally injured last Saturday in the second qualifier in round 10 of Monster Energy Supercross in Daytona, FL. Thanks to the fast response of the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Center, and the Daytona track medical team, he was rushed to Halifax Medical Center to assess the damage. Jimmy's injuries are extensive and include fracture of the manubrium and body of the sternum (posteriorly displaced by 1cm), fractured T5 through T7 vertebrae, compression of the T4 through T6, Epidural hematoma at T5 (epidural is the outermost part of the spinal canal), Bilateral patchy lung contusions, and a left metacarpal fracture. Currently, he is still recovering in the ICU at Halifax, but it looks like he will be transferred to a private room any day.

Jimmy's surgeons are in the process of coming up with the best plan to address his injuries. As of now, it is looking like he will need one, possibly two separate surgeries before he can be transferred home to Oklahoma, via medical air ambulance. His first surgery is scheduled to stabilize his broken sternum; his team of surgeons will put in two plates and screws in the sternum to hold it together. As long as he remains stable, the surgery is projected for this Thursday. The second surgery is to address the epidural hematoma that is on the outside of his spinal canal. The surgeons plan to alleviate the pressure by carefully releasing and drawing some blood from the clot. They are currently waiting and assessing the hematoma to decide if and when they will drain it.

Once Jimmy is transferred to a hospital in his hometown, he will undergo another surgery to correct and straighten the spine. It is unclear on the timeline of this surgery and will depend on a lot on how he his recuperating from his previous surgeries and injuries. As of now, his doctors are projecting a rehabilitation program that will take about two to three months and are projecting his total recovery to be up to four months.

This process is going to be a long and hard road that will challenge the strongest of hearts. While Jimmy does have insurance that is helping to cover some of the cost associated with his injury, he will still need to cover a sizable bill. A possible 10-14 day stay in the hospital plus more when he returns home, multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation all adds up. With him not racing and his wife, Georgia, needing to help with his recovery process this is a large sum of money for the privateer family to cover. Road 2 Recovery has built a funding page for Jimmy Albertson's family, friends, and fans to donate to his cause. Should you feel inspired to donate, you can do so here donations are tax deductible and will go to help cover all of Jimmy's medical needs. If you are unable, prayers and positive thoughts are always appreciated. You can also leave a positive message on his R2R Funding page for the Albertson family to read.

About Road 2 Recovery: The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2000, and is dedicated to helping AMA licensed Professional Motocross/Supercross riders and Action Sports Athletes with financial assistance if they sustain career-ending injuries as well as providing motivational, emotional, and spiritual support to these individuals and their families. To make a donation click here.  For more information on Road 2 Recovery and upcoming events visit or contact Lori Amstutz 619-33-5671.

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