Scottsdale, AZ - Supercross and Arenacross racer Leighton Lillie suffered fractures to the T6 and T7 vertebras in his back after crashing during practice for the AMA Arenacross race in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lillie was transported to St. Johns Hospital and initially had little to no feeling below the waist but doctors were optimistic after tests this morning showed that his spinal cord was not severed in the accident and that the nerves in his legs reacted to stimulus.
Team Faith’s Kevin Johnson accompanied Lillie to the hospital last night and reported that doctors are planning surgery for Tuesday to insert rods to help stabilize the injury.
Lillie went over the bars in the rhythm section of the Tulsa track during the opening practice session and was immediately immobilized and transported by the attending medical unit.
Johnson relayed that “Leighton is optimistic, but realizes that he has a long road ahead of him. But he is determined to do what it takes to recover from this setback.” Johnson also said that Leighton would appreciate our prayers and support.
In a phone call this morning, Leighton’s father told Cycle News that Leighton would eventually be moved to a hospital that specializes in spinal cord injuries. “He is very scared right now and can use everyone’s support and prayers,” he said. “Right now, the doctors are optimistic about the outcome and all we can do is hope for the best.
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