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Stevie Bonsey

Young Flat-Track Racer Recovers Following Expedient Care

He intended to win the Springfield Mile. Instead, traveling at speeds approaching 130 miles per hour, he crashed into the wall after being clipped by another motorcycle rider. He suffered vertebrae and skull fractures, lacerations to his liver and kidneys, a bruised lung and a torn rotator cuff.

My family wasn’t here, but I definitely felt like I had family here. Everyone was so sweet, kind and gentle the whole time. They made me feel comfortable.

Stevie Bonsey, 26, a rising star in flat-track motorcycle racing, intended to win the Springfield Mile on May 29 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Instead, traveling at speeds approaching 130 miles per hour, he crashed into the wall after being clipped by another motorcycle rider. He suffered vertebrae and skull fractures, lacerations to his liver and kidneys, a bruised lung and a torn rotator cuff.

In an instant, his plans changed from racing to surviving. And Memorial Medical Center’s care teams rose to the challenge. From the physicians, residents and nurses who acted quickly in the Emergency Department, to his care teams on the Intensive Care and the Intermediate Care Units to the physical therapists who helped him get back on his feet, Stevie was able to head back home to California for additional rehabilitation just a few days after the accident.

"My family wasn’t here, but I definitely felt like I had family here. Everyone was so sweet, kind and gentle the whole time. They made me feel comfortable," Stevie said. "Some rehabilitation and I’ll be back on the motorcycle next year."

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