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Accident victim recovering at rehab facility

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, September 29, 2012

Trevor Hartfield, 20, of Denton has made remarkable progress in his recovery following an accident last weekend.

Trevor Hartfield

The 2010 Alvord High School graduate suffered several skull fractures early Sunday morning when he fell from the back of a pickup on Mathers Road off of Farm Road 1655, five miles north of Alvord.

He was flown from the scene in critical condition to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where they also detected bleeding and swelling of the brain, but he is expected to fully recover from his injuries.

He was moved Thursday to Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas.

His mother, Sherri Hartfield of Alvord, was overwhelmed by his progress when she talked to the Messenger Wednesday afternoon.

“He’s doing real good,” she said. “The doctor has said at this point he doesn’t see any reason why he can’t fully recover.”

Sherri said none of the skull fractures required surgery, and although he has a wound on the back of his head, the doctor has decided not to stitch it up.

“He’s still a little foggy,” she said, “but that’s to be expected.

“Also, the right side of his face is paralyzed, but they’re not sure why. The doctor said it could be nerve damage or due to the swelling.”

Sherri said her son is talking and recognizes friends and family. Wednesday, the therapist had him up and walking for the first time since the accident.

“When they brought him in, they said he was a level 1 trauma,” she said. “The priest was looking for us, and I was terrified. When he finally found us, he said, ‘I’m not here to deliver bad news, I’m here to give you hope. A level 1 usually doesn’t make it, and you’re in ICU. That’s a good sign.’”

Trevor started therapy Friday, but doctors have not indicated how long he will stay at the rehab facilty.

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