In a phone call from Ohio, Judy Springsteen said her husband was flirting with the nurses in front of her and cracking jokes with his doctors, both of which sees as positive signs that he’s getting back to his usual self.
The Bartel’s Harley-Davidson / SuperTrapp / Rock Springs rider continues to recover in Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio where he was taken after suffering multiple injuries during his heat race in Saturday night’s Greenville, Ohio AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship half-mile. The three-time Grand National Champion suffered multiple thoracic fractures and left rib fractures. Doctors inserted three pins and a rod into the top of his one damaged vertebrae and a pin below it. Judy Springsteen said he has very little memory of the accident.
Before he went into surgery, he jokingly asked his doctors, “Are you going to put American or metric in my body?”
Judy Springsteen reports that he’s in good spirits and that “he’s doing well, he wants to get up,” and that he’s waiting for his body cast, also known as a ‘turtle.’ He’ll have to wear the body cast for two months and the total recovery time will be about six months, she said, which means his race season is over.
“The next time you’ll see him is at the Daytona road race tracks,” she said.
His release from the hospital will depend on how easily he can move around with the body cast. Once he’s comfortable, he’ll be transported back to his home in Lapeer, Michigan.
The best way to reach Springsteen is by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cards and letters can be sent to the following addresses, but Judy Springsteen requested that no one try to reach him by phone while he recovers.
c/o Miami Valley Hospital
1 Wyoming Street
Dayton, Ohio 45409
3774 South Shore Drive
Lapeer, Michigan 48446