It’s been 17 days since Shane Hmiel’s USAC crash and since then, he’s been through a lot.
Within 48 hours of the wreck, Hmiel went through two successful surgeries: one for a broken back and the other for a broken neck. He also fought his way through a battle with pneumonia. Lastly, he went through a third successful surgery on Monday to repair a torn artery in his neck.
Today at 3 p.m., Hmiel will go through yet another procedure: this time to insert a tube temporarily in his neck, known as a trach. The trach will be there to help him breath while allowing the doctors to remove the vent. By removing the vent, as according to his mom Lisa, it’ll reduce the agitation he’s feeling and allow him to talk.
The injuries were caused following a wreck in qualifying. Hmiel flipped in turns three and four, with the top of the roll cage bouncing off the wall, USAC officials report.
For continued updates, check out the facebook page Shane Hmiel–Road to Recovery, where multiple updates are posted daily by his mom Lisa.
To help raise money to help to pay the medical expenses, USAC is selling the Racing to Recovery decals at $5.00 on their website. Also, for every new fan that joins the USAC fan page on facebook before December 31st, USAC will donate 10 cents to the family.
RWB Motorsports is also helping to raise money by selling the 2010 Shane Hmiel t-shirts via their website for $25.00, with all the funds going to the family.
Fans who wish to make a direct donation may write a check to BENEFIT OF SHANE HMIEL and send it to: Steve Pruett, 700 St. John Street, Suite 300, Lafayette, LA 70501.
Electronic donations can be made and information about the up-coming fundraiser being done can be found at: http://raiseforshane.bbnow.org/donate.php
Update 10-27-2010 8:53PM
Updates from Lisa Hmiel show that the procedure to insert the trach and the peg, which will feed him till he’s ready for food, went well this afternoon.
There’s also being interest pulled to see if people would be interested in purchasing sweatshirts. If enough interest is drawn, RWB Motorsports said they’d begin selling the sweaters with the t-shirts. Show your interest by liking the message posted on the Shane Hmiel – Road to Recovery facebook page or posting a comment there.