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Marcus V. – Fracture Story

Marcus Von Skepsgardh

I lead a very active life: creating wood sculptures and tables, working on my northern California ranch, being active with our horses and dogs and doing extreme tele skiing. On April 1, 2008, I was working in front of a Terex military loader when a hydraulic line exploded. Thousands of pounds of steel crashed down on me. I couldn’t move, could barely breathe and was in excruciating pain. When my wife arrived, I asked her to tell the doctors that I wanted to ski again.

The hospital in Medford sent me to OHSU because it is a Level One trauma center. With an open pelvic fracture, broken right hip and ribs, collapsed lung and massive blood loss, I needed the best attention possible. My wife and I spent the next 25 days at OHSU. With the help of orthopaedist Dr. Amir Mirza, the trauma team, technicians and nurses, I survived more than nine surgeries and a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.

The orthopaedic team at OHSU lined up my pelvis and hip so I can ski again. From the hospital health food store to the clean rooms and skilled medical attention, my wife felt supported and able to be my health advocate. We are grateful every day that I was sent to OHSU. The people make the place, and the doctors and staff at OHSU are generous and talented.