McTier on the road to recovery

by Clay Neely -

Mitchell McTier, brother of Madeline McTier, has made some significant progress this week following a serious skiing accident last week in Colorado, according to his mother, Jennifer.

McTier initially sustained multiple injuries following his accident, including a basilar skull fracture, a broken rib, several broken bones in his neck and a bruised lung.

“We finally got him off the ventilator,” said Jennifer. “He’s moving and answering some questions. He knows his name, his date of birth and can say our names. Some of it’s a little jumbled but that kind of relates to the accident.”

Mitchell has also responded to touch on the right side of his face, which is also a positive sign against paralysis.

However, doctors felt it was necessary to give Mitchell a feeding tube this week because of his inability to “wake up.”

“It’s difficult to explain,” said Jennifer. “He can talk to you but he keeps his eyes closed. At first they thought it was sedation but he just hasn’t opened his eyes yet. We’re kind of waiting on that.” Mitchell's progress this week appears promising. Now the McTiers are waiting to see if their insurance will pay for the required air ambulance in order to transport Mitchell from Colorado back to Georgia. Jennifer is hopeful for a decision from United Healthcare soon.

“If they won’t pay for it, then I’ll just have to stay here and go to Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver,” Jennifer said. “It’s a top-notch facility but it would really be nice to be able to come home.”

So far, the McTiers have seen over 20 visitors, checking in on the family and offering their support. Many of these visitors the family has never met before.

“The hospital staff is laughing because they’re like, “you don’t even live here,” but it’s amazing how a friend knows a friend who lives out here and offers their help. We had a local member of Chi Phi (Mitchell’s fraternity) come by just to bring him flowers.”

“He’d never even met Mitchell,” said Jennifer. “It’s overwhelming the amount of support we’ve seen from perfect strangers.”

Jennifer expressed her gratitude for the outreach that has been extended from all communities across the country.

“If people weren’t praying for us, I feel like I would be in a ball in the corner, you know?” said Jennifer. “But I’m upright and I’m handling things, so it really makes a huge difference.”

While Mitchell is showing signs of recovery, Jennifer feels like it will still be a long journey for him.

“He’s making great strides,” she said, “but it’s one of those ‘hurry up and wait deals’ and I’m not good with that.”

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