Long road ahead

Fa­ther and son mo­tor­cy­cle crash vic­tims re­cov­er­ing with the help of fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity

Truro Daily News - - Maritime Life - BY MILLICENT MCKAY

Sec­onds had passed as Ja­son Mar­shall opened his eyes to a pool of blood.

He had crashed, tak­ing the brunt of the force when his mo­tor­cy­cle hit a turn­ing ve­hi­cle.

He re­mem­bered his son, who had jumped over the car be­fore the col­li­sion.

They yelled I love you and waited for help to ar­rive.

“The first thing I saw was the blood. And my foot peg,” said the 42-year-old Stan­ley Bridge res­i­dent.

Mar­shall had been driv­ing home with his son, Chan­dler, 14, af­ter hav­ing ice cream at Frosty Treat in Kens­ing­ton as a way to beat the sum­mer heat.

“We were driv­ing up the high­way, Red Sands Golf Course at the bot­tom of the hill and Clin­ton View Lodge at the top. There was also a look­out point for tourists. As we were go­ing up the hill we saw a car. I re­mem­ber it put on its sig­nal light to turn left, which means it would cross into our lane.

“They started to turn, and then they paused. At the same time, I locked my back tire, hop­ing to come to as much of a stop as I could be­fore we got to the car. But even though the car paused, they kept turn­ing, which only left me with a small win­dow to brake.” There wasn’t enough time. Mar­shall, with Chan­dler still on the mo­tor­cy­cle, turned so the tire would be the first to hit the car.

“We hit the back bumper/side of the ve­hi­cle. The force was so strong that it turned the car the other way and the bike moved the op­po­site.”

Chan­dler did his best to jump over the car, but he was thrown me­tres away from his fa­ther, suf­fer­ing a bro­ken ankle and ser- ious road rash in the process.

Mar­shall’s in­juries were more se­vere.

In ad­di­tion to a bro­ken leg, he had an eight- cen­time­tre gash near his tail bone. It was about 5.5 cm deep and two cm wide.

“It was about the size of a soft­ball. I also had a cracked ver­te­bra and a cracked nose.

“It was so bad I could see his tail­bone,” said Jamie, Mar­shall’s wife. The wound had dam­aged his rec­tum caus­ing part of it to be re­moved.

Mar­shall had six surg­eries in to­tal to treat his in­juries, one at Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal and five at a hos­pi­tal in Hal­i­fax.

Now, more than 45 days, two blue match­ing casts and a colostomy bag later, Ja­son and Chan­dler are on the road to re­cov­ery.

“It will be at least an­other two months be­fore I can put weight on my foot. I’m sore all the time. I hate just be­ing con­fined to the bed or chair. So, I try to get up as much as I can,” said Ja­son.

He goes to phys­i­cal ther­apy once a week and has a nurse come to the house to change his dress­ings and colostomy bag daily.

“Jamie’s been great through this whole thing. She waits on me hand and foot. And fam­ily and friends have been very sup­port­ive. There’s been a lot of gen­eros­ity.”

Jamie says she was scared to death when she learned about the crash.

“I was at work at the time. When I got to the scene, I had to ac­tu­ally run up the hill to get to them. I saw some men stand­ing over him with a blan­ket. I was so scared.

“The whole time I was run­ning be­tween Chan­dler and Ja­son, try­ing to be with them as much as I could. Ac­cord­ing to the first re­spon­ders the only thing Chan­dler cared about was his dad.

“Now I just want to see them get bet­ter. I’m so thankful that they’re both still here with me.”

Since the ac­ci­dent, Chan­dler, Ja­son and Jamie have not been work­ing.

To help them with the fi­nan­cial strain they may feel dur­ing the re­cov­ery process a group of com­mu­nity mem­bers has or­ga­nized a si­lent auc­tion and dance at the Kens­ing­ton Le­gion.

Those wish­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the event can con­tact Amanda Bon­nell at 902-315-1052.

MILLICENT MCKAY/SALTWIRE NET­WORK

From left, Ja­son, Chan­dler and Jamie Mar­shall are fi­nally all to­gether in their Stan­ley Bridge home. Chan­dler and Ja­son were in a mo­tor­cy­cle crash July 10 which to­taled the mo­tor­cy­cle and the other ve­hi­cle that was in­volved.

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