12-year-old Bruce boy is home from LeBonheur after sledding accident

By LISA McNEECE
A twelve year old Bruce boy is at home from LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis after a sledding accident near his home last Monday.


By LISA McNEECE
A twelve year old Bruce boy is at home from LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis after a sledding accident near his home last Monday.
Colby Roberts, son of B.J. and Stacey Farmer and Josh Roberts, was being pulled on a tire by a 4-wheeler when the accident occurred at their home on Hwy 9 south of Bruce, Colby_Farmeraccording to his mother.
She said he was leaning side to side to make the tire go from side to side, when he collided with a tree.
They took him to Calhoun Health Services who wanted him transferred to LeBonheur. The helicopter wasn’t flying due to the weather, so the family waited at CHS for the trauma team to pick him up.
Stacey said Colby has two skull fractures and fractures in the facial bones around the sinus cavity. The swelling has caused some nerve problems and paralysis on the right side of his face. She said the doctors think the paralysis is due to the swelling. He was released from the hospital Friday.
Stacey said Colby is now on “very light duty” and can’t return to school until follow-up visits with specialists.
“We will go back next week to repeat the nerve test to see if there is any improvement from the last test,” Stacey said.
If there is no improvement, Colby will probably have surgery to repair the nerve damaged by the skull fracture.
Stacey said that Colby hasn’t been in a lot of pain.
“He’s been overwhelmed with texts and calls from his friends, family and past and present teachers,” Stacey said. “They have been great.”
Colby is a 6th grader at BUES.

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