Monday, Jan. 7, Cory Holm and his mother, Kari Dietz, boarded an air ambulance bound for Craig Hospital in Denver, Colo. According to Dietz, the hospital is known around the world for advances in brain and spinal cord injuries.
“They’re the top in the nation,” she said. “Ninety-eight percent of their patients are 18-25 years old victims of sports or vehicle accidents.”
Dietz will spend one month in Colorado with Cory.
Former 2010 Emmett High School grad Holm was injured while playing an annual Chuckars’ intra-squad practice game Oct. 24 at Treasure Valley Community College. With two outs, bottom of the ninth inning and they were ahead by nine runs. The ball went over his head deep into center field. Holm crashed into an outfield wall while tracking the ball and broke his C7 vertebra which is located at the base of the neck.
After the accident, he was taken to the local emergency room and later flown to a Boise hospital. For three days he was able to speak and move his arms and hands. Then Oct. 28, without explanation, his body completely shut down, except his for his heart. His heart continued to beat while his body was in a shock mode, according to Dietz.
“He just kept hanging on and his heart kept beating strong,” she said.
Holm was sent to Complex Care and recently has moved his fingers on the left hand.
Family and/or friends have visited him daily since the accident. In fact, he has a wallboard with hundreds of well wishes from friends and family that covers his hospital wall.
Cory’s family has set up a site on Caring Bridge to share blogs about Cory at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/. There are over 10,000 messages left for him.
Donations for the Cory Holm fund will be taken indefinitely at any Wells Fargo Bank in the Treasure Valley. “100 percent of the funds are going directly to Cory. He will have a lot of expenses down the road,” Dietz said.
If you would like to help organize a fundraising event for Cory Holm, contact TVCC Athletic Director Ed Aronson at (541) 881-5875.