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Ed Carpenter's Update

From: Joe D.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:39 PM

First of all, it's nice to receive all of the emails and phone calls wishing Ed a speedy recovery,  he will really appreciate the thoughts and prayers

I received a call from Brian Holben regarding his conversation with Ed’s Wife, Ellen, an hour ago. My earlier reporting of the accident was a little vague due to Ed’s serious condition, and whether Ellen wanted details of Ed’s injuries reported, but now she has given us the okay. Ed's accident was very serious, you may not know it, but Ed just bought another new Harley a month ago and it is totaled.


When Ed was flown to the hospital on Sunday, his left leg and foot was so bad from the accident, that the trauma surgeon felt that Ed's left leg would need to be amputated. An Orthopedic surgeon just happened to be at the hospital on another trauma incident, and looked over the situation and felt that Ed's leg could be saved, but the foot was in too serious of condition to save and had to be amputated just above the ankle.

Ed had another surgery yesterday (Tuesday) late in the afternoon to have (2) rods put into his back for 4 displaced vertebrae’s. That surgery went well

At this time, Ellen stated to Brian that Ed is in surgery today (this afternoon) to have his femur that was broken in 3-4 pieces, repaired with a rod.  At the same time, do some extra surgical work to his stump from the first surgery. I will not have an update on this surgery until tomorrow afternoon.

I’m personally heartbroken to see a friend go through this, and from what I’m told Ed’s spirits are high and has the attitude that whatever needs done, get on with it. I know that the family is going through a lot right now, and I expect that Ed will be in the hospital for some time before returning home. I have extended help to Ellen at home since I now live nearby. Martin and I will be sending a basket to the hospital on behalf of his friends at CCM. I will recommend anyone wanting to reach out to Ed at this time delay any phone calls for now, he has a tough road ahead over the next couple of weeks, but I would say that get-well cards mailed to him would cheer him up. Ted and Brian have Ellen's ear right now, and I think we should go through the two of them until he gets into a regular room.

Edwin S. Carpenter, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, 1925 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

I will update you when I hear more from Brian or Ted.

Joe DeFrank


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