An update on Jim Melvin’s injuries |

An update on Jim Melvin’s injuries

Jim Melvin was moved to Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Englewood last Tuesday after a three-week stay in the intensive care unit at St. Anthony’s in Denver.

His breathing is now voluntary but not 100 percent because of some residual damage to his left lung and broken ribs. Since the last press update, he was taken off the coma-inducing medication and is able to talk and have conversation.

His voice was very quiet in the beginning and his throat was very sore due to the ventilator breathing tube, but has improved greatly. At times, he is light headed and gets dizzy but is doing great otherwise and is moving better everyday.

He’s very sore, tired and eagerly wanting to come home but will be at Craig for an undetermined amount of time for all of his therapy treatments and activities.

He is accepting applications for a donated back massage. So, if anyone is qualified and is willing to do a little community service for a great Summit County local, please contact the family.

He has began occupational therapy and will undergo several beneficial types of therapy that will help him regain motion, strength and flexibility in his damaged leg and shoulder.

Even though Jim is moving at only a small percentage of his normal speed and ability, he has superior will power and determination and we’re sure he’ll make a great recovery with time and patience.

He is ready to see visitors for short visits and happy and thankful for all that everyone has done for him.

The Melvin family again would like to thank every one who has showed us just how awesome and generous friends, family and community can be during a difficult time.

Rex Lint, EMT and ski patroller at Keystone, showed up to see Jim last Wednesday and that was a very special time for Jim and our family.

Rex was the first person on the accident scene and aided greatly in saving Jim’s life. Lint gave us all hope for Jim’s life and recovery with his natural instincts and courage, without thinking twice about his actions.

Also, a huge thanks goes out to all who have donated to Jim’s assistance fund at First Bank.

Eric Melvin


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