Injured cyclist returns home

Seth Wood

An Oklahoma State University professor injured in a bicycle-automobile collision last month returned to Stillwater after being released from the hospital Thursday.

Seth Wood, 32, a visiting assistant professor in the English department, was riding his bicycle to school Feb. 27 when a silver Infiniti, driven by OSU junior Hunter Moore, stuck him. Moore was issued a citation for failure to yield while turning, Stillwater Police Capt. Randy Dickerson said.

Wood, despite wearing a helmet during the accident, suffered extensive injuries to his head and torso and was flown to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City. His injuries included a fractured pelvis, fractured ribs and cuts on his face. Wood underwent numerous surgeries and was dependent on a ventilator for much of his hospital stay.

Wood was released to his Stillwater home from an Oklahoma City rehab facility Thursday, where he spent 10 days, said John Steen, Wood’s roommate who also is a visiting assistant professor in the English department.

Steen said Wood is moving around on crutches, which was a requirement for him to be released. He has several doctor and physical therapy appointments, but Steen said Wood is staying in good spirits.

“He has been really excited to be back at home and be back with his family,” Steen said. “Friends from out of town have been able to visit him during their spring breaks. It’s been great.”

Wood has been exceptionally thankful for donations from the community that has helped pay for his medical expenses, Steen said. The goal is to raise $25,000 and is at $17,850. Donations can be made at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/seth-s-road-to-recovery/44411.

Steen said Wood would love to be back at work as soon as possible but has to first be cleared by his physical therapist. He has been told it is too soon to make a projected return date, but he is aiming for the fall 2013 semester.

 

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