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A July 4 homecoming for White Rock resident

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By The Staff

Faith, hope and love brought Richard Elliott home July 4, to spend just a few hours with friends and family before returning to an Albuquerque rehabilitation center Friday.

Richard was on his way to work on Feb. 6 when his 2002 Honda Accord slid on black ice, resulting in a terrible car accident on the truck route. Richard sustained a plethora of injuries, from the complete loss of one eye and half of the other to having the left ankle almost amputated at the scene, resulting in a Flight for Life trip to Albuquerque.

Richard’s injuries also included head trauma, a break in the left arm with damage that actually liquefied muscle in his arm, broken ribs, and a broken left leg (both above and below the knee), plus damage to other bones, muscles, ligaments and skin.

Although a continuing infection in the ankle has made amputation of that foot an ongoing possibility, the worst injury according to his wife, Debby, was both lungs collapsing and forcing air into the body cavity.

Richard has been continually at hospitals in Albuquerque since the accident. His most recent stay has been at the Health South rehabilitation facility. He received a few hours of “freedom” July 4 to visit family and friends at the White Rock LDS parade and carnival.


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