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Old 12-24-07, 10:56 PM   #1
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Chico Velo director Ed McLaughlin in serious accident

Local cyclist in serious condition after accident
By LAURA URSENY - Staff Writer
Article Launched: 12/23/2007 12:00:00 AM PST

Local cyclist and Chico Velo director Ed McLaughlin is in serious condition after a bicycling accident on Friday.
McLaughlin was airlifted to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, where he was listed in serious condition, according to the hospital on Saturday.
McLaughlin, 63, was riding through Bidwell Park with a group of cyclists in a tight pack when his bicycle struck a bollard.
He was thrown from the bike, and struck his head. He was wearing a helmet at the time. He was taken to Enloe Medical Center.
City Councilwoman and bike shop owner Ann Schwab was with McLaughlin at Enloe Friday afternoon. She told the Enterprise-Record Saturday that McLaughlin suffered from a severe spinal injury.
Schwab said McLaughlin was conscious on Friday, but in great pain. She said he had no feeling or movement from his chest down, or in his arms.
Schwab said the bollard McLaughlin hit was on the north side of Bidwell Park, between Petersen Drive and Madrone Avenue.
"I'm sure he's gone by there a million times and never had a problem," Schwab said.
Local real estate agent Leif Petersen was riding behind McLaughlin at the time of the accident.
"I heard him call out the (first) pole. You do that out of courtesy when you're riding together. Then he hit (a second one). I was right on his wheel, so I was trying to avoid colliding with him. I pulled off the road. I didn't see him fall. I just looked back and saw him on the ground."
An acquaintance, Petersen said the group of about 15 riders was going about 10 to 12 mph.
"He hit the pole dead-on. It sheared off his fork," which holds the front tire.
Petersen said a doctor participating on the ride tended to McLaughlin before the emergency personnel got there.
Schwab spoke with the physician who examined McLaughlin at the hospital and read the results of medical tests, including an MRI.
"The doctor reviewed the MRI results and found he had severe injury to the spinal cord," Schwab recalled of the doctor's conversation.
"If anyone can recover from this, it would be Ed," said Schwab.
His partner Suzanne Hanson is at the hospital with him, Schwab said.
A healing circle for Ed McLaughlin is planned at 8 p.m. Monday in City Plaza.
Friends and acquaintances are invited to gather for McLaughlin, who was injured in a bicycle accident on Friday.
People are asked to ride their bicycles to the downtown park.
Cards can be sent to Ed McLaughlin, c/o Customer Service Department, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, 751 South Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128. Flowers are not recommended yet.
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OMG! How horrible is that!

Keeping Ed in our thoughts and prayers...this has gotta be tough for him and his family.

Thanks, Curtis, for posting this.
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Will keep Ed and his family in our prayers.
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Man, so sad to hear about this. Right at Christmas too. Our prayers are with him and his family.

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About 350 people showed up to Chico's Downtown Plaza for a 'healing circle' for Ed. It ended w/numerous folks shouting out, "Ed will be back. Ed will be back."

chicoer.com has updates, as does chicovelo.org
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Very sad to hear that, positive thoughts sent his way.
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So sorry to hear this. Prayers on the way...
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Keep Ed in your thoughts and prayers.Here is an update from Chico Velo:

12/26/07

Good evening friends, This may be a bit short as I just worked a full day back in Chico and am a bit worn out.

Ed's friends Ann and Tom were and are standing in for me at the hospital. His brother Greg will arrive early Friday and I will return Friday afternoon.

I got reports from both Ann and Tom. Ed had his first day in physical therapy and did some time on the "arm bike". The only real arm control he has are his biceps and shoulder muscles, so this is good practice for the ever important triceps.

He had both his NG tube and nasal O2 removed, so now his face is less encumbered. He will no doubt have to wear a Cervical Collar for a long time but having all those tubes gone is geat. He got to eat quaisi solid food today too... applesauce at lunch and mac and cheese at dinner. Not quite up to our dining experiences last month in New York City, but better than juice. Tom said he was very hungery and in good spirits.

By the end of the week he may get moved to the step-down rehab unit, a good thing. Closer to the rehab stuff and it means that medically he is doing well. Without being there I do not know if there has been any neurolgic improvment or not. But I am happy he is in a positive frame of mind. I hope he can embrace and deal with his new situation the same way he's fought all the other battles in his life. His mind is 100%. Maybe now advocates for handicapped services have a new player!!

Locals, look in the ER the next few days...Ed's brothers and I have sent in letters of thanks to the community.

Good evening, Suzanne
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