“The boys wrecked the go cart. Cole is hurt. The ambulance is on its way.” Brandi Phillips’ head was spinning after this 9 a.m. phone call about her 13-year-old-son, Cole. He slept over at a friend’s house the previous night, a typical summer activity for the teen. Brandi raced over to the house to find him lying in the yard beside the wrecked go cart that had clearly been crashed into a tree.
Cole was loaded into an ambulance and rushed to Akron Children’s emergency department (ED). After rounds of tests, X-rays and exams, Cole’s list of injuries grew lengthy: a fractured tibia, a small break in his hip, dislocated femur, and multiple scrapes and cuts needing stitches.
Within hours of his injuries being diagnosed, Cole went into surgery with Dr. Kerwyn Jones, pediatric orthopedic surgeon, to set his bones and get him ready to heal. Within 4 days, Cole was home in a leg immobilizer with a wheelchair, walker and crutches to prepare to get back on his feet.
After weeks on bed rest with his leg immobilized, the goals of physical therapy include rebuilding muscle, regaining flexibility, and, of course, getting him mobile.While summer took a major detour, Cole is getting back to typical activities, including swimming, recently okayed by Dr. Jones. Cole and his family greatly appreciate the care he has received both during his hospital stay and after discharge, but the real hero is Cole for pushing through his injuries.
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