Boy's Leg Amputated, More Surgeries to Come

Zach Rowe's pelvis was crushed by a fallen tree while camping near Pescadero. Doctors have removed his right leg.

When a tree crashed down on Zachary Rowe as he slept in a tent at Memorial Park near Pescadero July 25, it caused so much damage to his right pelvis and leg that the 12-year-old's right leg was amputated.

The surgery Tuesday at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto was not the first, nor will it be the last, according to Zach's hometown newspaper in Prescott, Arizona, The Daily Courier.

The paper quotes family members who say that Zach's left leg and pelvis were also damaged, along with his kidneys. When he recovers, they expect Zach to be in a wheelchair.

There's no word on when Zach will be released from the hospital.


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Lyle Clark August 04, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Dear Zack, Rest easy now. Don't worry about everything . We are sad about this unforseeable accident, and we are going to support you through this. You hang in there and rest. There are going to be challenges, but you will walk again. The newspaper said that you will be in a wheelchair , but that is not where the story ends. Yes there will be times when you will feel that you cannot make it. Others may show concern negatively, but don't be discouraged. You will have many achievements, and yes , happiness. It is our responsibility to do what is necessary for you .We love you. Stay on the mend. Never give up! Time changes everything. From all of us here at Honda and Mitsui.


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