Archive for Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Family travels road to recovery

Mother, two sons hurt in head-on collision east of Tonganoxie

December 23, 2003

For nearly two weeks, Dan Lynch has played a waiting game.

Three members of Lynch's family were injured in a head-on collision Dec. 12 on Kansas Highway 16, about four miles east of Tonganoxie.

Since then, Lynch, a local Realtor, has shuttled between two Kansas City, Mo., hospitals: St. Luke's Hospital, where his wife, Cynthia, is recovering and Children's Mercy Hospital, where air ambulances took his sons after the crash.

"It's day by day," Lynch said Monday afternoon.

His oldest son, Ryan, was dismissed from the hospital on Thursday. He's nursing an eye that likely was hit by an airbag.

"He's back to 20-20 vision," Lynch said about his son. "He's been just an unbelievable miracle."

And doctors are monitoring a spleen injury.

"He's under strict orders: no running, no jumping, no lifting," Lynch said, noting that may be a tall order. "He's nine."

It appeared likely, Lynch said, that his wife would leave the hospital on Tuesday.

"She'll be in a wheelchair for about eight weeks," her husband said.

She had surgery on an ankle and a wrist. The accident also cracked a knee, and caused internal injuries.

Ryan and his mother are recovering from the injuries they received in the accident. But it's another story for 3-year-old Evan.

"My little one -- we're waiting on him to get feeling again," Lynch said. "He doesn't have it from his chest down. We're just biding time, waiting for things to turn around. They're calling it a bruise at this point. They're not calling it complete. There's hope for time. We're just kind of hanging in there. The seat belt just really did a number on him."

Lynch said he and his family have been comforted by the concern of family and friends.

"I want to thank everybody for all of their prayers and just the caring that they've all shown us," he said. "We do appreciate it. Tell all of Tonganoxie thank you. I really appreciate the response we've had, the prayers and the prayer chains."

The three Lynch family members were injured when a vehicle driven by James R. Collins, 48, McLouth, crossed the center line of K-16 Highway, near 239th Street. Collins was taken to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. His condition was not released because of hospital privacy rules.

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