Monster Energy/Slednecks’ Paul Thacker is seriously injured in a freestyle snowmobile crash
// January 2nd, 2011 // News
CORONA, Calif., (December, 2010) – Monster Energy/Slednecks freestyle rider and world snowmobile distance jumping record holder Paul Thacker recently suffered a very serious injury.
In what seemed to be a small harmless crash Paul actually landed on his handle bars and the impact was so great that not only did it break several ribs but also somehow managed to break his back as well. With little or no feeling from the chest down Paul was immediately life flighted to Regions Hospital in St Paul, MN. Paul went immediately into surgery to fuse a couple vertebrae as well as a stabilization surgery.
“Feels like a great big person has been sitting on me from the chest down and now its fully asleep and all tingly haha,” said a remarkably upbeat Thacker from his hospital bed.
So with the bad news out of the way, here’s the good news: Thacker’s team of doctors already have him on a fast track to rehab. A pro-class athlete that’s in tremendous shape physically, Thacker’s applied his ‘Send it!’ attitude to his recover program. “My doctor’s an amazing guy (and yes, his name really is Dr Mciver, but no he did not use duck tape and a pocket knife for the surgery) and the entire team here’s very optimistic. Everybody here’s got me at ease,” says Thacker. “I’m miles and miles ahead of where they thought I’d be.” Paul is fully breaking healing and rehab records left and right.
So as Thacker enters the initial phase of what’s going to be a lengthy rehab trail, anyone who’s gone through physical rehab knows full well the process is extremely expensive. And though Thacker’s got good insurance, they’ll only pay for a fraction of what it’s going to take to get him back on his feet. And we’re not talking ice & stim and Thera-Bands here. He’s going to require twice daily sessions with NASA-style technology given his injury.
How to help: Believe it or not the high-flying Thacker used to be a banker (we’re not kidding). And the good folks at Wells Fargo have an account set up for Thacker’s Recovery Fund where friends and powersports industry members are welcome to make a donation. The account number for the Thacker Recover Fund is: 770 865 3824 And for those wishing to email their wishes to Thacker can do so at: email@example.com or hit him up on his facebook page.
Stay tuned to MonsterEnergy.com and slednecks.com for consistent updates on Thacker’s progress. We’re all hopeful he can – and will – make a complete recovery and Monster’s proud to be with him 100-percent.
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