All updates are at the bottom of this post.
Charlie Morris, son of Glen and Julie Morris was injured last night in a motorcycle accident in East Alton.
Fom the STLToday (Post Dispatch) website:
18-year-old Charles E. Morris of Florissant was riding his 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, the patrol said. He was northbound on Red School House Road in St. Charles County about 400 feet west of Wise Road at “an excessive rate of speed” when he lost control on a curve, the patrol said.
The motorcycle left the road and hit a utility pole guy wire. The impact threw Morris off the motorcycle, which landed in a field.
Morris was airlifted by helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital where he was listed in serious condition today, the patrol said.
From the KTRS.com website:
A Florissant teenager is in serious condition after a late night motorcycle accident in West Alton. The Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Chrles Morris’ motorcycle sped off Red School House Road and hit a utility pole guy wire.
His injuries include a broken ankle, cuts and abrasions of his knee, a broken wrist and several fingers broken and also a broken clavicle (shoulder blade). Charlie underwent surgery this morning.
Charlie is expected to make a full recovery, but it’s going to take some time.
Update: Wednesday, June 11th – 1:45 pm. Deb reports:
Just heard from Julie. Charlie is out of surgery (on his hand) and he broke his left ankle and his knee has quite a few layers of stitches. His left front collar bone (clavicle) is fractured, but his right hand is the worst thing and the main concern right now.
His right hand was pretty much shattered, and had bad lacerations across his fingers. right now, the hand will be a slow recovery, and then they will go from there, as in really knowing the extent of the injury to his hand. He will be at SLU Hospital until Saturday at this point and will let us know.
Julie said thank you for all the calls and concerns but right now they really are not able to return any because Nextel does not get a signal inside the hospital walls. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Update: Friday, June 13th – 9:00 am. Deb reports:
Julie said Charlie is going back up for surgery today on his hand again, they are going to go back in and see what his fingers are doing, check on infection etc…. he will have many surgeries to come in the future on his right hand. He is able to move his middle finger and thumb so that is a good sign right now. All in all he looks pretty good, but Glen said each day its a new story,…when the swelling goes down they find that “well ,the left ankle is not broke its the foot” so it’s just a day by day thing. He will be in there now until Monday they think, but all in all he is fine, probably will not want to leave the hospital since there will be no morphine drip at home 🙂. JUST LUCKY TO BE ALIVE LIKE JOE SAID “TO CRASH ON A CYCLE AND WALK AWAY IS A GOOD DAY.”
Glen and Julie said thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. I told them everyone is thinking of them and if they need anything to just call. Charlie has a lot of “young visitors” up there so he is on morphine and cute girls by his side he wakes up and smiles!
Update: Tuesday, June 17th – 3 pm
My understanding is that Charlie was to undergo surgery on his foot either today or tomorrow (Wednesday) and would be in the hospital a couple days after that. HE might (hopefully) be home by the weekend.
Update: Wednesday, June 18th – 3 pm Deb reports:
Charlie had surgery on his left foot (no longer the ankle) yesterday at around 5:30ish. He has a few pins/screws in his foot now. While they were in there, they also looked at his collar bone because something did not seem right. So….. they had to go in and “reposition” his collar bone, so he ended up with two surgery’s yesterday. After talking with Julie and Glen last night, this should be it for right now and hopefully he will be home by Friday. He will have a lot more surgeries on his right hand later on down the road, but for right now, they have done all that they can for all the “broken bones” that he had; now its just time to heal.
Julie said “Again, please tell everyone thanks for all their thoughts and prayers …and there have been so many friends asking if they can do anything, and it really means a lot to them – Thank you, again, from The Morris Family.
Update: Friday, June 20th – Julie reports:
WE ARE HOME!!! We got the great news yesterday. Charlie is going to be just fine. He has a lot of work of ahead of him but he is stubborn, determine and strong willed. We were all so ready to get out of there!
I wanted to update you guys on Charlie’s boo boos, but the most important thing that we have to thank the great guy upstairs for IS HE IS HERE AND WILL RECOVER!
The poor guy got banged up pretty good on both sides of his body but everything is fixable and with the screws, wires and plates they have put in and a lot of hard work he will be up and moving in time. The injuries were to his left foot, they have screwed that back together. The right knee has so many stitches they quit counting, but nothing damaged to the knee or leg. His left collar bone was separated too far apart so they fixed that with a plate. Then there is the right hand. That is our biggest challenge. He broke a lot of bones in his fingers, hand and wrist. So with the miracle of medicine they have put that back together. That will be his longest recovery. Right now he is learning how to sit up, transfer to a wheel chair and also managing to move on an elbow walker. All this sounds pretty horrible and it is, but if anyone knows our son, Charlie is too worried about missing any of the action to keep him down for too long. We will have a Home Rehab to start and then outpatient later. The saddest part is he has to adjust to the fact his playing soccer for LC is not going to happen this year. He will have to move back home and live here through the recovery period. School is being adjusted also. BUT again we are only thinking positive and we all know that Charlie will be up and about in time. Glen and I just want to express so much appreciation to all our family and friends that have and will support him. Charlie knows just how important it is to feel such support. So again Thank you all so very much.
Glen’s 50th +Birthday ‘Surprise’ / Welcome Home Charlie Party – I had to tell Glen cuz I needed to know how he felt with everything going on. Charlie is the one who calls the shots for now, and he didn’t want me to cancel. He will be there for a little while and we would love to see all of you.
Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.