Woodland Park Mayor Dave Turley returned to his home in Woodland Park on Wednesday, Oct. 23, following surgery at Penrose Main Hospital in Colorado Springs. The Mayor had undergone a 3-hour surgery performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Hamilton of Colorado Surgical Associates to repair five broken ribs on Friday, Oct. 18.
Turley sustained the broken ribs and a badly bruised lung on the right side of his body in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday, Oct. 8, when he hit a patch of gravel on Tarryall Road in Park County. He was originally taken to Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and then transferred to Penrose Main, once surgery was determined to be the appropriate course of action.
Dr. Hamilton was able to repair four of the five broken ribs by attaching metal plates secured by screws into the ribs. One of the ribs was inaccessible but is not considered to pose a problem or threat to Turley.
The doctor and Penrose staff were surprised at how quickly the Mayor recovered from surgery with the common assessment being “amazing.” He is expected to make a full recovery to his active and vigorous lifestyle, which Turley says he fully intends to do.
The Mayor is resting comfortably at home and is up and about walking unassisted. He is, however, being waited on hand-and-foot by friends who have cleaned his house, gone shopping for him, stocked his refrigerator and are preparing his meals. Turley says, “I’ve never had it so good.”
In a conversation with his trainer Cord Prettyman, Turley said, “I did not know just how special it is to wake up in your own home and see that beautiful sunrise on Pikes Peak. I got a good night's sleep my first night home. I’m still tired and weak but I’m up and around the house without a walker. I am so blessed with my family of friends here in this wonderful community of Woodland Park, plus my friends from around the country and my family in West Virginia who are dealing with the passing of my sister. Prayers, thoughts and good wishes make miracles happen ... my never-ending thanks to everyone.”
“I also want to give a special thanks to the elementary school children who sent me get-well cards and all the high school kids who went out of their way to visit me at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital up here and at Penrose Main,” the Mayor continued. “You’ll never know how much you buoyed my spirits and gave me strength.”
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