James Marshall of Dickinson, Texas, was seriously injured when he crashed in the second Supercross-class heat race at the San Diego Supercross, February 11. Marshall, who is backed by mxsponsor.com and Bardwell Yamaha/Doug Webb, went over the handlebars in a step-up/step-down section on the first lap and was struck by two riders. According to a website that has been created for Marshall, he broke the C2, C5 and C6 vertebrae in his back.
Dr. John Bodner reports on the website, "The family of James Marshall asked me to update everyone on his condition following his crash at the San Diego Supercross on Saturday night. James suffered several fractures in his cervical spine, which resulted in paralysis from the upper chest down to the legs. Fortunately, he has regained some movement in the left arm since arriving to the hospital. He is receiving medication to reduce the swelling in his spine in an attempt to reduce the pressure on the spinal cord. James never lost consciousness and is fully awake and alert and shows no signs or symptoms of a head injury. His parents, Bill and Kim Marshall, are at his bedside along with several friends.
"He will remain in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Sharp Memorial Hospital, in San Diego, for the present time. Due to the restrictions of intensive care, visitors have to be kept to a minimum, but he can accept cards and letters via the hospital."
Cards and letters can be sent to James Marshall, Sharp Memorial Hospital, 7915 Frost St., San Diego, California, 92123, Phone: 858/541-3400.
For more information and to check on Marshall's progress, or to make a donation, you can visit his website at www.helpjames.org.