Skydiver’s survival tale highlights certification of county hospital’s trauma center

RIVERSIDE – Skydiving instructor and Menifee resident Nick Fener knows where he’d be without the trauma team at Riverside County Regional Medical Center.

“I wouldn’t be here to tell my story,” he said resolutely. “I was in the best place possible.”

While videotaping two skydivers who were on a tandem jump in May 2011, the right side of Fener’s parachute collapsed at about 100 feet and he hurtled to the ground in a corkscrew. At the county medical center in Moreno Valley, surgeons removed his ruptured spleen and treated two broken vertebrae, spinal-cord damage, broken ribs, and legs so devastated by fractures that one ankle disintegrated and Fener was missing three inches of shin bone. Several weeks later, surgeons amputated both legs below the knee.

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2 Responses to "Skydiver’s survival tale highlights certification of county hospital’s trauma center"

  1. Larry Deleon   December 13, 2012 at 2:10 am

    That is what I am afraid of. I mean, skydiving is exciting but the risk is too high. I don’t want to end up like those that I have read in the papers.

  2. Verna Collinsworth   February 7, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    This is what I am really afraid of that is why I have never pursued doing skydiving. The risk is too great. If you’re not dead, then you’ll probably live a difficult life. Glad though that Fener was able to survive the fall thanks to the amazing Doctors.


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