Encinitas, CA – David Gassin was severely injured while racing the Prairie City Grand Prix in Northern California on Sunday, January 15. David was about one hour into the thee-hour race when he high-sided on a high-speed section of the track. David cartwheeled multiple times and believes that the initial impact with the ground resulted in the injuries sustained.
David was taken to the hospital with no feeling from the chest down due to a crushed T-5 vertebra. Additional injuries include broken ribs, broken sternum, and micro-collapsed areas of both lungs. He went into surgery that night to stabilize his spine and relieve the pressure being put on his spinal cord from the crushed T-5 vertebra. The surgery to remove the pressure was successful and David is now recovering in the ICU.
David continues to have no feeling from the chest down and is expected to move out of the ICU shortly. He is fighting some small complications with fevers that are related to the spinal cord injury and as soon as they are under control he will be able to start working towards his recovery goals.
David has a very long and hard road a head of him. To help assist with his medical expenses that are exponentially rising, you can donate to his Road 2 Recovery fund here or go to Road2Recovery.com. All donations are tax deductible and will help David prepare for the next stage in his recovery.
The support he has been receiving from his family, sponsors, friends, and fans is extremely touching and he is very grateful for all the kind words and prayers. If you are unable to donate to David’s R2R Fund, you can still help by sharing this information and keeping up the positive vibes and prayers. For more information and how you can help go to Road2Recovery.com.