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Sam Warren recovering from facial reconstruction

UPDATE THURSDAY: TIERI youngster Sam Warren remains in the Intensive Care Unit of Townsville Hospital after a horrific motocross crash recently. 

The family of the 12-year-old boy remains by his side as he recovers from an eight-hour facial reconstruction surgery and his long list of shocking injuries. 

In an update posted on Sam's GoFundMe page, his mum Leonie Warren shared an emotional, touching update. 

"So day 11 and Sam is still in Intensive Care Unit which is honestly the best place for him right now so that his body can rest, be as pain free as possible and start to recover," Mrs Warren said.

"The operation on his facial injuries was a long 8 hour surgery. The good news is it went well.

"He is still groggy and now has a self medicated button where he can administer more pain relief should he need it.

"The surgeons successfully put plates in his forehead and have built a new wall for his eye socket to rest on.

"He has been to theatre every 48 to 36 hours to have his leg cleaned and partially closed so that has been rough each time.

"The surgeons are hoping tomorrow to do a skin graph and close the leg depending on his swelling.

"Physio is working with him each day to ensure he gets proper use and mobility in his hands and feet."

Mrs Warren said the experience had been eye-opening.

"I never knew how many specialists there were for each and every part of your body but Sam has seen around 70 different different professionals who have all done a marvelous job," she said.

"Neurologists are still concerned if he has moderate or mild damage to his brain and will continue to monitor this.

"His rehab will be lengthy and at this stage he will be in a neck brace for 12 weeks.

"On a positive note he was able to scratch his nose this morning which we all cheered about with his broken wrist.

"The doctors have stated he is still not out of the woods yet as things like infection can set in so one day at a time and lots of prayers still for our little superstar."

With close to $16,000 raised in less than a week, Mrs Warren thanked the community for their generous donations to Sam's recovery.

"The support and donations love and prayers has blown us away," she said.

"We never thought this could ever happen to one of our own and can't believe he has come this far.

"We never expected charity just love and support and we thank you from so deep down.

"Our hearts are still breaking but we are remaining positive for our beautiful boy and Libbie.

"Again we apologise for not responding to each and everyone but please know we will never forget your generosity and friendship prayers and thoughts through this difficult time." 

UPDATE 1.40PM: THE family of Sam Warren are praying for a good result today as the youngster undergoes surgery. 

According to the Sam Warren GoFundMe page, Sam will undergo facial reconstruction surgery. 

"Surgeons are also getting closer to fixing his leg, which at the moment still has long, open gashes that are unable to be closed at this stage due to extensive muscle swelling," a post on the fundraising page read. 

 

 

"Step by step he's making progress, which is a miracle considering the injuries he sustained."

With over $12,000 raised in just over two days for Sam's recovery, the family thanked the community for their support. 

"Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for everyone's support and donations. You're all a shining light in this family's moment of darkness."

 

EARLIER: WITH a fractured skull, cheek and nose, artery damage in his leg almost resulting in amputation, a broken knee, tibia, right humerus, left wrist, two broken vertebrae, arms, ribs and possible nerve damage, Sam Warren is lucky to be alive.

The 12-year-old Tieri boy is fighting for his life in Townsville Hospital after he was involved in a serious motocross accident near Tieri on Saturday, January 2.

About 4.15pm, Sam was airlifted from the scene of the accident by the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter in a critical condition after a head-on crash between two dirt bikes on a motocross track.

The second rider involved, a 21-year-old man, suffered severe concussion and deep cuts and was transferred to Mackay Hospital.
 

FIGHTER: The Central Queensland region is getting behind 12-year-old Sam Warren who was involved in a motocross crash.
FIGHTER: The Central Queensland region is getting behind 12-year-old Sam Warren who was involved in a motocross crash. Contributed

The trauma team, including a doctor and an intensive care paramedic, spent almost three hours on the ground stabilising the two patients for transfer to further specialist care in Mackay.

With Sam still recovering from his multiple injuries, his cousin Pascelle Warren has started a GoFundMe page to support Sam and his family recover from the shocking accident.

"No one saw the accident but from his injuries we suspect it was a head-on collision over a tabletop jump," Ms Warren said on the GoFundMe page.

"It's incredibly heartbreaking for his family who are doing their absolute best to put on a brave face for their little fighter.

"Both parents, Alistair and Leonie Warren, are right by his side day in and day out supporting Sam through his many high-risk surgeries.

"This means being over 600km from their family home, community and work.

"Please put yourself in their shoes and donate what you can to help this beautiful family get their lives back on track. It will be a long journey to recovery with many struggles along the path to overcome."

Ms Warren praised medical and emergency staff for their ongoing efforts.

"The support has been tremendous," she said.

"The paramedics, doctors, surgeons, everyone involved, friends and new friends. We cannot thank you enough for what you have done to date."

The fundraiser was started on Saturday and had yesterday afternoon raised close to $10,000.

To donate, head to http://www.gofundme.com/samwarren

Topics:  accident emergency hospital motocross



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