Kirkland’s Condition Is Updated
Following several surgeries, Josh Kirkland of Proctor remains in Akron City Hospital following a terrible All Terrain Vehicle crash July 23. Kirkland, reigning XC2 ATV GNCC Champion, was practicing for the upcoming Pont de Vaux ATV race held in France, said KTM Motorsports.
Immediately upon admittance to the hospital, Kirkland underwent surgery through the back of his neck to help stabilize the vertebrae in his neck. It was determined that his C5 vertebra was shattered and his spinal cord received trauma but was not severed. Another surgery was performed on July 28 to aid in the stabilization of the neck. A small hole in his intestine was also found July 30, which caused infection and a high fever led to a third surgery. His family and friends have been by his side since the accident and is thankful for everyone’s kind words and prayers.
The family is hopeful in his recovery but will not have more information until some time has passed for the swelling in his spine to go down. This could take months. At this time the swelling in his spine has left him without feeling from the chest down. The next step is to wait for the swelling to subside and work on rehabilitation from that point.
Kirkland is expected to remain at the Akron City Hospital until stable and able to move on to a rehabilitation center. The family is currently sending updates on the following site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/joshkirkland11. A benefit account has been set up for donations to the family at People’s Bank in New Martinsville.
Friends and fans of Josh who would like to send him cards may do so to the following address: Akron City Hospital, Room: T2 Unit, Josh Kirkland, 525 E. Market Street, Akron, OH 44304. The family asks that the public keep Josh in their thoughts and prayers during his journey to recovery.