On Friday, May 25, Nitro Circus athlete Phil “Smagical” Smage was injured during a world-record UTV distance jump at the Brimstone White Knuckle Event in Huntsville, Tennessee.
Thanks to the fast acting response from the Brimestone Recreations Medical Team and the Nitro Circus crew, Smage was safely aboard a life flight helicopter and on his way to University of Tennessee Knoxville Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.
Smage sustained multiple broken ribs, a broken wrist, a broken collarbone and a fractured vertebrae from C3-C7.
On the evening of May 25, Smage underwent spinal surgery to fuse his C3 to C7 vertebrae.
As of now, Smage is in high spirits and is recovering from surgery. He has already gained movement in his toes and partial mobility of his arms. With injuries such as his, it will take some time to find out the long-term effect on his body. At this time, it is too soon to tell if he will require any more surgeries.
Even with the insurance coverage that Smage has, the financial burden is going to be extensive. There is going to be a long road to recovery with the possibility of in-patient hospital care and outpatient rehabilitation to address his multiple fractures in his vertebrae.
Road 2 Recovery, a non-profit group who helps AMA licensed professional motocross and supercross riders and action sports athletes with financial assistance if they sustain debilitating injuries, has set up a fund to benefit Smage during his recovery.
If you are able to help support Phil’s R2R cause, donations are being accepted. Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated. If not, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. #SmagicalStrong
Link: Road 2 Recovery