Ask Robert Moore, 61, of Louisville, Kentucky about motorcycle safety and he’ll tell you that good riding gear is essential; especially if you accidently get slammed into by another vehicle, for example a car that’s going 70 mph. Then he’ll also tell you how the care, and the limb lengthening procedure, he received at University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center saved his life … and his leg.
“Luckily, I was wearing good riding gear,” Moore says, recalling the April 16, 2016 accident on I-71, near Sparta, that threw him from his motorcycle, landed him on the asphalt and into the emergency department at UC Medical Center, a Level I adult trauma center. While Moore barely had an external scratch, he suffered multiple internal injuries including a broken back, broken neck, broken ankles and 27 additional fractures.
“I couldn’t remember the accident — however I knew my chances weren’t good in the beginning,” he says.
After 18 days in the hospital, under the care of UC Health orthopedic surgeon Michael Archdeacon, MD, for his broken bones, Moore made remarkable progress and was ready for physical therapy. He was transferred to another health system in Louisville, where he spent a month in a rehabilitation facility and was discharged to his home.
Recovery was still far from over.
Over the next several months, a new infection began destroying the bone in his right leg, near the ankle. Once diagnosed, he says he knew he needed to get back to UC Health and he was right. In September 2016 he traveled back to see Archdeacon who immediately pointed him to his colleague, the Tristate’s expert in bone infections, John Wyrick, MD, a professor of orthopaedic surgery and a UC Health physician.