December 14, 2006
  • Diesel Dave Galloway was hit head on by a car in the wrong lane during his lunch time bike ride.
  • Initial prognosis was a broken leg, maybe a broken arm.
  • Diesel was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC.
  • Actual prognosis:
    • Broken and sprung pelvis
    • Internal bleeding from the pelvis break
    • Shattered kneecap
    • Dislocated elbow
    • Broken wrist, legs, ribs
    • Cracked vertebrae
    • Bruised lungs
  • Emergency surgery to cauterize the bleeding in his pelvis
  • Cuts, scrapes, and bruises everywhere

December 15, 2006

  • Fluid in the lungs
  • Blood numbers show more internal bleeding so he is given clotting agents
  • Surgery to open his abdomen to relieve some of the intense swelling
    • His spleen removal and scar tissue from 1978 made the surgery much riskier and more difficult
  • High blood pressure from the surgery
  • Another surgery to locate and stop the bleeding in his pelvis

December 16, 2008

  • Surgery to stabilize the broken leg and dislocated elbow
    • A "halo" was placed around his upper leg with pins going though his knee and several pins going into his shin
    • A stabilizer was put on his elbow to keep it in the socket and hold his arm at a 90o angle
  • Filter put into his inferior vena cava to prevent any blood clots from getting into his heart
  • Tracheotomy

 December 19, 2008

  • Increased enzyme levels in his blood, indicating deteriorating muscle tissue