Gidley Faces Long Road to Recovery
January 28, 2014 | 5:06 P.M. EST
After suffering multiple injuries in an on-track accident during the Rolex 24 At Daytona this past weekend, Gidley has a long road to recovery ahead of him. (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)
After suffering multiple injuries in an on-track accident during the Rolex 24 At Daytona this past weekend, Memo Gidley has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
The incident occurred Saturday when Gidley was behind the wheel of the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP. He struck the No. 62 Ferrari driven by Matteo Malucelli, whose car was without power and moving very slowly between Turns 3 and 4 of the Daytona International Speedway road course.
Gidley was admitted to Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Fla., where doctors discovered multiple fractures including his lower left leg and left elbow, along with a lower-back compression fracture. Those injuries required Gidley to have two surgeries since Saturday.
Doctors immediately addressed the left-leg and left-arm injuries by completing an almost four-hour surgery shortly after Gidley’s admittance into the hospital. On Monday evening, doctors stabilized and repaired the compression fracture in Gidley’s lower back.
"The objective is to get Memo into a stabilized condition so that the doctors can figure out what all the issues are," team owner Bob Stallings said. "We're not at that place yet and doctors are still evaluating him. The procedures needed to stabilize him aren’t finalized yet."
Stallings has remained at the hospital and he anticipates staying until Gidley returns to Northern California. Gidley’s athleticism and physical fitness should assist him in this road to recovery.
"Memo is a competitive person and a fighter," Stallings added. "Clearly, he's drawing on those strengths as he makes his way through this ordeal. Since last night’s surgery, he has been sedated all day so we haven’t been able to communicate with him. There's some expectation that later today, if conditions are right, the doctors may bring him out of the sedation. But that decision hasn’t been made yet."
The goal is to have all medical conditions stabilized over the next 24-48 hours. After that, expectations are that Gidley will need a week of rest to gain enough strength for the trip back to Northern California.
"We appreciate the outpouring of support, thoughts and prayers for Memo," Stallings said. "We plan to share those with him once he is awake enough to understand all the well wishes."
Because of the type of injuries Gidley sustained, he is expected to spend an undetermined amount of time in a transitional rehabilitation facility upon his release from the hospital.