Peterborough boy, 8, undergoes major facial surgery after dirt bike accident in Kawartha Lakes – Peterborough

A Peterborough boy seriously injured in a dirt bike collision in the city of Kawartha Lakes last weekend has undergone major facial surgery, according to his family.

According to Lisa Parsons, her grandson Nixon Parsons underwent successful surgery at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital following a dirt bike accident at the Burnt River Off-Road facility on Saturday, July 9. The boy was first taken to Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. but then flown to Buttonville Airport to be transported to Sick Kids.

The surgery included repairs to his paddle, nose, orbital bone and a plaque in his cheekbone. He also lost his teeth in the accident. However, the eight-year-old remains sedated and requires multiple breathing tubes, but the family say he responds to touch.

“With the plate in the roof of his mouth, they were able to turn it 45 degrees and put it back – so it was a huge miracle,” Parsons told Global News Peterborough on Wednesday. “Because they should have replaced it with a fake. It’s like a small miracle; it is a miracle that he lived.

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In a Facebook post, Nixon’s mother, Bennica Brown, said the surgery went “very well.”

“A big win for our champion and others to come,” she said. “I cannot find the words to express our gratitude for EVERY message, call, email, donation we have received.”

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The accident is still under investigation. The City of Kawartha Lakes Ontario Provincial Police reported that Nixon was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Parsons says Nixon and his dad Jake Parsons were at the track for a day of family practice — not a race. Nixon reportedly drove his dirt bike over a jump, then onlookers saw another rider frantically wave to indicate another rider was down.

Parsons said his son Jake ran to find the mountain bike on top of his son and his new bike helmet was smashed.

“They think the next kid that came must have landed on Nixon’s face — or the bike landed on his face — we don’t know,” Lisa said. “The front of his helmet was ripped off. And he passed out. »

Parsons says Jake had recently bought a new helmet and neck guard for Nixon who has been a fan of dirt bikes since he was a baby. Parsons noted that they bought him a battery-powered bicycle as a toddler that he still sometimes “whips” on.

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Parsons says his grandson’s dirt bike skills were improving and he had recently started racing, joining his older brother Colson, 16, his father and Aunt Brooke and his children.

“He couldn’t have been better equipped,” Parsons said. “You can’t put a price on safety… He had the best of the best (equipment). Jake never spares a penny for that sort of thing.

Nixon wears No. 20 for the races – sparking a #20strong hashtag on social media as support from friends, family and strangers pours in.

“We haven’t been able to reply to all (messages) but we have taken breaks to read them all when we can and that just means to us knowing how much everyone loves our special boy. “Brown said in a Facebook post. “The power of prayer and community helps us deal with devastation.”

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Parsons says the response has been “extremely wonderful” for his grandson who is also an avid Peterborough Petes and Peterborough Lakers fan and plays hockey, lacrosse and snowboarding.

“It’s an eye opener – something I’ve never seen in my life,” Parsons said of the outpouring.

To support Nixon’s parents during their time at SickKids — only one parent can visit at a time — the family is accepting donations and gifts by e-transfer to [email protected] Donations will cover the cost of food, hotel stays and bills as they are away from home.

“It’s been generous — it’s really heartwarming to know that so many people care,” Parsons said. “So it changes you as a person sitting on that side. In the future, it will make us much more compassionate towards other people in this position when you see such an outpouring of prayers and generous people. It was wonderful.

“It kind of helps to alleviate the horror that we’re in right now,” she added. “It helps keep your mind on something other than the devastation of his presence.”

Parsons says his grandson has a drive and a passion for anything he tries.

“He’s so over the top – he has such a strong will and heart,” she said. “This will hopefully help in this situation.

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Wiley C. Thompson