McTier returns home to recover

by Clay Neely - clay@newnan.com

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The McTier family upon their arrival to Atlanta Thursday. From left are Jennifer, Mitchell and Michael McTier. 


Mitchell McTier is back in Georgia and on the mend, according to his family.

He arrived home in Georgia Thursday after a 10-day recovery in a Denver hospital following a skiing accident on March 15.

On Tuesday, doctors had determined that Mitchell’s condition was conducive for air travel. On Thursday, the family left Denver and arrived at Gwinnett County Airport where Mitchell was taken by ambulance to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

Upon arriving at the Shepherd Center, Mitchell hit the ground running with his rehabilitation.

Mitchell spent early Friday in occupational therapy – showering, brushing his teeth and getting dressed before starting physical therapy in the afternoon where he was able to climb stairs on his own.

“The doctors can’t believe how well he’s doing in relation to the severity of his skull fracture,” said his mother, Jennifer.

“The right side of his face isn’t moving yet but he can feel it,” Jennifer said. “The paralysis could be a pinched nerve in the skull fracture.”

Doctors have placed Mitchell on steroids, hoping to alleviate swelling and possibly losing the facial paralysis.

While he was recovering in Colorado, the first responders of the Keystone Ski Patrol visited Mitchell.

“They flat out told him that they honestly didn’t think he would make it off the mountain,” Jennifer said. “They just had to come and see this miracle for themselves.”

“Apparently two other skiers had passed away on the slopes that same week and they said they weren’t going to let Mitchell die on their watch.”

The Ski Patrol told the family the story of what had happened, how it happened, and what they did to save Mitchell.

“A member of the Ski Patrol brought Mitchell the white cross ski patch that was cut from his Ski Patrol jacket to give to Mitchell. It was splattered with Mitchell’s blood on the cross,” Jennifer said. “He’s an amazing man. In his 20 years of experience, he said he’d never seen anything like this. The entire patrol was shaking their heads in disbelief.”

Back home in Georgia, the reality of what happened has started to set in for Mitchell. The evening of his arrival to Shepherd Center, he asked his mother before bedtime, “You’re aren’t going to leave me, are you?”

“Up until that point, he hadn’t been aware he was being left. It felt so great to finally have him awake and talking,” Jennifer said. “But now he’s starting to talk about things like his physical appearance and wanting to go and do things.”

Jennifer had to remind Mitchell that his accident was less than two weeks ago.

“We just think he’s a miracle and feel that God has Mitchell’s life planned out,” Jennifer said. “He’s going to be a powerful testimony.”



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