• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Dylan survives crash and exceeds recovery expectations

April 2, 2017

motorcycle accident patient Dylan

As much as she’d like to forget Sept. 15, 2016, it's a day Julie George will never be able to erase from her memory. That day, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, woman’s 21-year-old son, Dylan Walling, was riding his motorcycle on a highway en route to his grandmother’s house when the unthinkable occurred.

A slow-moving manure spreader had caused a traffic backup. Dylan passed three cars and then collided with the farm vehicle as it began to turn left into a field. Although he was wearing a helmet, it wasn’t enough to protect him. The right side of Dylan’s body took the impact, leaving him seriously injured. His liver split in two. He had a kidney laceration, a head injury, a broken femur and forearm, an ankle injury and a collapsed lung. His foot was broken, his heel pad torn, and his toes were broken so badly they were almost severed.

“It was literally the worst day of my life,” Julie says, fighting back tears.

Dylan’s outlook was grim. But against the odds, over the course of the next several months, he was able to get on the road to recovery with help from a multidisciplinary Mayo Clinic care team that involved dozens of physicians. Read the rest of Dylan's story.

This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.