Injured Councilman Vance Phillips in his own words

Phillips has issued a public letter describing his small sport plane crash in Virginia over the weekend.

In the two-page letter penned from a Virginia hospital, Phillips thanked the hundreds who have emailed or called to express concern.  He says the crash happened during his first solo flight in his single-engine hang glider-type plane.  As far as the severity of his injuries, Phillips writes, “They tell me I have a shattered T12 vertebra. That’s a section of the spine located in the thoracic vertebrae, just above the lumbar. Upon impact of my landing, that T12 bone was pushed into my spinal cord, pinching it. Thankfully, it did not sever my spinal cord.”

Phillips says the doctors at the University of Virginia Medical Center are very encouraged by his limited movement and sensation in his legs.  “Every spinal injury is different, I’m told. So it’s hard to say how I will heal, how quickly it will happen, and when I can return to my life pre-accident.”

He says his family is trying to find a rehabilitation facility in Delaware where he could go for treatment.  He’ll likely stay in Virginia through sometime next week.  How soon Phillips will be able to resume his work functions is unclear.  “The entire process of stepping down from acute care to intense rehabilitation to easing me back into some sense of normalcy could take anywhere from three to six months. Maybe sooner. Could be longer. It all remains to be seen.”

Phillips says he plans to start taking calls from constituents some time next week.  Anyone in his district who has an issue that needs to be addressed can call the County Council office at (302) 855-7743.  

You can read Phillips letter in its entirety by clicking here.

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