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Friday, April 13th 2007

The Reason You Wear Seatbelts

I don’t know how I missed this but New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine was seriously injured in a car crash yesterday.

A Bad Wreck

This is the best quote from the initial story,

The doctor hedged when a reporter asked how close Corzine may have come to being killed. “Based on the pictures that I have seen of the crash, he was lucky,” Ross said.

Today it has come out the Corzine was not wearing a seatbelt. He was thrown violently into the back seat during the wreck. Orac at Respectful Insolence rightly takes the Governor to task for not being buckled up.

Corzine required seven units of blood and needed to undergo surgery to fix his femur. Even if he does not suffer complications from his chest injury, such as pneumonia and ARDS, he will likely not be able to walk again for months, and will require more surgeries to wash out the damaged and devitalized tissue and to complete the repair of his femur.

Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid. There’s no other word for it.

You should really read all of Respectful Insolence’s post. It is a great public service anouncement, for all intents and purposes.

He’s linking to a Newark Star Ledger blog as his source. They go through the injuries he suffered (as does Respectful Insolence). Those injuries include a fractured femur which has already required a surgery and will require more trips to the OR.

Last night surgeons fastened Corzine’s thigh bone together with a metal rod and screws. They gave him seven pints of blood and inserted a breathing tube down his throat because his chest injuries made breathing difficult. After surgery he was transferred to the intensive care unit.

The follow-up surgeries planned tomorrow and Monday are expected to be brief procedures to cleanse his wound, examine muscle damage and prevent infection. Officials plan to update his condition tomorrow at a noon news conference.

Governor Corzine and his family will certainly be in my prayers.