Goddard’s Dominic Chavez is getting better. As he continues on his road to recovery, Dominic is affecting doctors, nurses, occupational and physical therapists with his infectious smile and upbeat personality.
During his recovery journey, Dominic’s father, Robert, updates RDR Sports on his son’s status this week. “Dom continues to keep pushing forward and getting stronger and more independent every day,” Robert said.
Robert said that this week has brought a big week in changes — his wife, Julie and him (Robert) will be switching places for awhile. It’s been nonstop learning ever since, so now, Robert can learn everything his wife Julie has learned over the last seven weeks.
“We’ve done slide board transfers, sling transfers, car transfers,” Robert said. “We’ve had functional skills class (a new one), where Dom learns tips and tricks on how to manage life independently. We have pool therapy — continue with occupational therapy and physical therapy — get to do things like Erigo standing frame, FES bike, upper extremity training, as well as keeping up with school.”
“It’s a lot to take in,” Robert said, “but you see people healing all day everywhere around you. Amazing what we’ve taken for granted. But we appreciate what we have, what is ahead of us, and all that is possible.”
Dominic was injured during football practice over the summer. Shortly after the injury occurred on July 3, Dominic’s family provided RDR Sports with a statement. It read, in part: “Our son, Dominic Chavez accidentally injured his neck at football practice. Dom broke C5 and there was a displacement of the C5/C6 vertebrae with spinal cord involvement. He has no feeling from his chest to his lower body and was unable to move his legs.
“… We were flown to UNC 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.”
Dominic’s family continues to update the community on their son’s progress through the pages of RDR Sports and social media.
“Thank you for the cards, letters, support and care packages. We appreciate you, Roswell and Chaves County,” Robert Chavez said.
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