All of Roswell has been glued to Facebook and asking how Goddard senior football player Dominic Chavez and his family are doing since his accident. To bring readers up to date, Chavez was severely injured on July 3 during football practice.
The Chavez family issued a statement reading: “On the evening of July 3, our son, Dominic Chavez, accidentally injured his neck during a drill at football practice. Dom broke C5 and there was a displacement of the C5/C6 vertebrae with spinal cord involvement. He had no feeling from his chest to his lower body and was unable to move his legs. …”
“We were flown to UMC El Paso, Texas, where they rushed him into emergency surgery to fix the vertebrae and relieve the compression on his spinal cord. …”
The doctors said it went well. “They got everything stabilized,” according to the family’s statement. An MRI “showed swelling of (Dominic’s) spinal cord,” they said. “We will have to wait until the swelling subsides before we will know more regarding his prognosis.”
Dominic’s father, Robert, gave an update on Thursday, just over a week after the accident.
“Things are improving slowly but surely,” he said. “Still a tough road ahead of us.” Dominic, he said, “has struggled with a respiratory infection and partially collapsed lobe of the lung, but has shown good improvement over the past couple of days.
Dominic is still relying on breathing support, day and night, his father said. “He was able to start taking nutrition orally. We have had physical therapy and occupational therapy come and evaluate him to start working with him. The neurologist came to assess him and assures time can make a big difference, so we will have to do the hardest thing of all and wait.”
Robert Chavez said the neurologist was “awesome” and talked to his son, Dom, about staying positive, which he has been. Dom has warmed the hearts of the doctors, nurses and therapists with his drive to accomplish even the smallest goal he has been given, his father said.
“We continue to be humbled by all of the people reaching out in support of not only Dominic but our entire family, as well,” Robert Chavez said. “Thank you. We have shown and let Dom read some of the comments, encouragement and love. It means a lot to him.”
He added, “Special thanks to those who have reached out because they have been in similar circumstances and have shared some very personal and inspirational stories and advice with him.”
There will be a car wash at 1512 S. Main St., the Compass Church parking lot, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. All proceeds will benefit Dominic Chavez and his family.
Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or firstname.lastname@example.org.