Update on Tracy from Lesley

Thank you all for the incredible outpouring of love and prayers for my sister Tracy. We have all been overwhelmed by your compassion and caring!

It will be a week tomorrow that Tracy had her cycling accident. Tracy remains in the critical care unit at Sunnybrook Hospital where she will be for several months.

Our family has rallied! Mom and Dad flew in from Ottawa on Sunday night, Lynn flew in from St. Louis on Monday afternoon, followed by Darren on Thursday night, and luckily Robert and I live here – so I was able to be with her after she was airlifted to Toronto on Sunday.

Mom and Lynn are living at Tracy’s house taking care of her boys – Christian 13, Malcolm 11 and Thomas 7. Lynn has done a terrific job of organizing the boys with back to school and trying to normalize things with routine.  She is amazing! Thankfully Gladys – Tracy’s nanny/housekeeper – remains a constant.  They are a loving handful those 3 little guys!

We are all taking shifts sitting by Tracy’s bedside at the hospital. The good news is that Tracy is still Tracy!  She is definitely giving all of the nurses and doctors a run for their money. She does not like the intubation that is helping her breath, and has much anxiety. She is keeping us all on our toes! We’ve developed a way to communicate with her – it’s a bit tedious and slow, and she often gets frustrated with us but it is working – for now.

What you can do:

TRUST FUND: We are going to be setting up a Trust Fund for Tracy and her boy’s care. Tracy is a single Mom and her ex-husband does not provide her or the boys any financial support. . We hope to have the information for yoU by the end of this coming week.

GOOD OLD CANADA POST SNAIL MAIL: Please send cards and notes – and write down a memorable time you spent with Tracy – funny, touching, or otherwise. Include a photo. If you don’t know Tracy directly but know someone in our family – include the information about the relationship. We are going to take them to the hospital and read them to her – so please keep them UPBEAT!  MAILING ADDRESS: ATTN: Tracy Kyne c/o Lynn Pang, 121 RANLEIGH AVE, TORONTO ON  M4N 1X2

NO FLOWERS please.

VISITORS: We are allowing close friends and family to visit. The CCU is a very restricted area. If you would like to visit Tracy please send an email to me – Lesley.dort@rogers.com. And if/when the time is right we will make arrangements. We hope to eventually to use Skype and Facebook.

FOOD: Thank you! Yes we have already received some yummy packages along with many other generous offers to provide food for family and boys. We are accepting the offers but are trying to manage it. She does have a freezer.

With love and appreciation,

Lesley and Robert

lesley.dort@rogers.com rlendvai@gmail.com

Day 8

So here we are…..It’s Day 8

I spent the day with Tracy at the hospital – and we had a moment where I was able to ask her if I could share the truth about her condition and prognosis. A few days ago she did not want the details shared; today she agreed that I could let everyone know the details.

Last Sunday afternoon Tracy was training in Collingwood for the Centurion Bike Race that is taking place this upcoming weekend. She was on a mission to do well.  The accident happened when she was going down the Scenic Caves Road (near Blue Mountain). She went off the road and was found in the ditch. An amazing young man named “Mike Hermanovsky” (a.k.a. HERO) found her and stayed with her until the ambulance came to take her to the hospital in Collingwood. They immediately airlifted her to Sunnybrook Critical Care Unit.

I arrived at Sunnybrook on Sunday around dinner time. The neurosurgeon came to speak to me in the waiting area to explain her injuries. Tracy had broken her neck at her C3 C4 vertebrae – breaking the bones and severing her spinal cord. They were blunt and matter of fact – Tracy would be paralyzed from her neck down.

That night they put her head into a “halo” to prepare her neck for surgery the next day. They wanted to operate to stabilize her neck – the surgery took place on Monday – one week ago today. It took over 8 hours. They first operated from the front of her neck putting two screws into the bones to hold them together and then they turned her over and operated from the back, taking a bone graft from her hip to fuse C2 to C5.

She is recovering well from her surgery, although yesterday she spiked a fever with a bladder infection. We are told there will be many setbacks. They plan to put a tracheotomy into her neck on Wednesday which will make a huge difference for Tracy as she hates the breathing tube in her mouth.  We don’t know yet if she will be able to breathe on her own long term.

Tracy’s prognosis: Spinal cord injury “Complete” – meaning quadriplegic DEFINITION: Traditionally, “complete” spinal cord injury means having no voluntary motor or conscious sensory function below the injury site, in Tracy’s case C3 vertebrae in her neck.  Luckily, Tracy did NOT suffer any brain damage.

Her injuries are comparable to those that Christopher Reeves sustained.

I think it’s important for everyone to know the life-changing nature of this accident.

We have a very long road ahead of us. We are told she will be in critical care for at least 2 months, and hospital for at least six months.

ON A LIGHTER NOTE: Today the nurse wanted to wash Tracy’s hair, but she was determined that I needed to spell something out for her. So, after several frustrating moments of figuring out what she was trying to tell us we discovered that she did NOT want to use the hospital shampoo and I was to go get her shampoo and conditioner from home! Well, the nurse and I broke out into laughter! Only Tracy would demand her special brand of shampoo!

PRAYERS: YES – keep ‘em coming!! We want and need all of them.

KIDS: Her boys are doing great, all things considered. Mom and Lynn have created a routine with school and getting them into their fall programs. They are two amazing women – my Mom and older sister!

TRUST FUND: We’ll let you know this week once it’s setup.

God Bless

Be grateful for every movement.




Sharing Tracy Dort-Kyne's Journey After Her Spinal Cord Injury