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Gary Sperber staying positive in recovery after ATV-bull collision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kyle Arnoldy   

Lucky and blessed. These are the adjectives Gary Sperber and his wife Carolyn used to describe their lives after a recent incident sent Gary to the hospital for nearly two weeks. Lucky to be alive and blessed to be surrounded by such loving and caring people.

Mounting frustration with a bull that wouldn’t move to pasture caused Gary to act hastily on the afternoon of July 1. After repeatedly trying to steer the bull in the right direction, Gary turned the four-wheeler he was on into the bull to nudge him, but the move backfired. Instead, Gary found himself on the ground with pain taking over his right side.

“Momentum equals mass times velocity, and his mass was quite a bit larger than mine—he capsized the four-wheeler,” Gary said with a grin as he recalled the accident 17 days later.

Despite the fall resulting in five broken ribs and two punctures in the right lung, the Sperbers never blamed the bull and said he didn’t do it intentionally.

“I need to be more patient, that’s the reason I ended up as a patient,” Sperber joked.

Gary Sperber is back home after a two-week trip to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland following a four-wheeler on bull collision.  —Enterprise photo

He can laugh about it now, but the circumstances were much more somber earlier in the month.

Gary was lucky to have his wife nearby in the immediate moments following the accident. After initially telling her he didn’t need any help, he called her back and asked her to join him in the pastures.

The force of the fall caused Gary to lose his phone and his hearing aids. Once coming to after the accident, Gary was somehow able to find his wife Carolyn who jumped right into action.

“The minute I saw him I knew we were headed to the hospital. He was in such pain and just really suffering,” Carolyn said. “It’s really funny how you see someone you love who is suffering, you know immediately you’ve got to get help. You don’t sit there and worry or fret or anything like that.”

Had it not been for Carolyn’s quick action, Gary said he doesn’t know if he would have made it out of the field. “I don’t think I would have lived, I really don’t,” said a thankful Gary. “The pain was so great.”

After being driven to Melissa Memorial Hospital, Gary was helicoptered to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. Hazy from the accident and the drugs from the hospital, Gary doesn’t remember much between the field and waking up in the hospital. Carolyn said that when the doctor met him at the helicopter, he didn’t have a lot of hope for Gary.

He was stationed in the intensive care unit for the first week, having surgery on the Fourth of July. Titanium U-shaped braces were surgically placed over the ribs and the lung was drained.

“That was a blessing because that technology is fairly new,” Carolyn stated. “We know several people who had a lot of broken ribs and couldn’t do that and their ribs are still broken.”

For the 13 days he was in the hospital, his wife rarely left his side, sleeping on a pullout couch nearby.


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Holyoke Enterprise July 24, 2014