Injured rodeo rider will survive
GREELEY – A bareback rider who broke his back during the Greeley Stampede rodeo is expected to make a full recovery, rodeo officials said Thursday.William Pittman II, 35, of Malakoff, Texas, was injured June 28 when his horse reared back into the chute after the gate opened, then surged out before falling back on him, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association said in a statement.Rick Foster of the Justin Sportsmedicine Team in a statement released by the association said doctors inserted rods and screws to stabilize his fractured lumbar vertebra. He will wear a brace for three months and will undergo at least six months rehabilitation.”William was very fortunate in the sense that there was minimal damage to the spinal cord,” Foster said. “He has functional movement now and the prognosis is for a complete recovery. He will walk and ride a horse and live his life normally.”Doctors recommended that Pittman, a two-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, consider ending his career because of the injury, the association said.”That’s a topic (retirement) that has not even been talked about yet,” Pittman’s wife, Dusty Pittman said in a statement. “There is plenty of time to consider that.”
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