Local attorney hurt in bike crash
TELLURIDE Aspen attorney Arthur “Boots” Ferguson was badly injured after a head-on collision with a motorcycle while mountain biking near Telluride, his ex-wife said Wednesday.Ferguson, an Aspen resident for 32 years, is an attorney at the Aspen offices of the Holland & Hart law firm. Helene Gude, Ferguson’s ex-wife, said he suffered multiple facial fractures and two stable fractures to his spine. Had the spinal cord been severed at the C4 bone, where Ferguson had a stable fracture, he likely would have been paralyzed from the neck down. “The neurosurgeon basically coined it as a miracle,” Gude said. The accident happened around noon Saturday on Imogene Pass. Ferguson was mountain biking before a Bob Dylan concert in Telluride. He rounded a blind corner and crashed with a motorcycle coming up the pass. The motorcyclist was not injured. Gude said Ferguson was taken to a medical center in Telluride and airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where he spent three days in the intensive-care unit. Doctors have requested that Ferguson not take phone calls or visitors until after a full facial reconstructive surgery Tuesday. Doctors have not set a date for a full recovery, though they expect the process to be extensive. “He was very lucky,” Gude said. “He has full feeling. He’s been up walking, and his appetite is increasing daily. It’s a miracle.”
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