ned gold receives the silver sage awardThe founder of the PSA and 2006 Silver Sage Award recipient spent the month of February in ICU recovering from a skiing accident.

On February 2, 2007 Ned Gold was skiing at a private resort in New York (before they got all the snow) when he came upon an unexpected patch of moguls and caught an edge and went sprawling. Luckily he was wearing his helmet and suffered no brain injuries, although the list of what he did break, bruise and bum up is quite staggering. He was transported to the Trauma ICU in Buffalo NY. His ruptured spleen was immediately removed. The following day he had surgery on his broken wrist. In addition he suffered a broken nose, broken left scapula, chipped hip bone and six broken ribs on the left side. He has pneumonia and had surgery for the sinusitis. A month has gone by and he still is on a ventilator and is sedated although they are slowly able to take him off both. It will be a long road of recovery for Ned, but his family is assured that he will be back at the Ranch for the Rangers 50th Anniversary in August.

His wife, Debbie, and daughter, Marianne Hoover, have been at his side for the last three weeks. Marianne emails daily updates to the PSA office. Their ongoing request is to keep Ned in your thoughts and prayers. He has received over 200 cards, which they read to him. Although he isn’t able to talk yet he does wiggle is toes to let them know his appreciation.

Please drop him a note, share any story or write about the weather, Marianne appreciates having stuff to read out loud to Ned. The address is: Ned Gold, Trauma ICU, Erie county Medical Center, 462 Grider St., Buffalo NY 14215.

20070307 Update: Ned Gold was moved from Trauma ICU to a regular room on the 7th floor on Wednesday March 7th. The doctors think he will be ready in about a week to be transported by air to Trumbull Hospital in Warren, Ohio. He will be there briefly before going to Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital which is directly behind his home in Warren. The family is looking forward to being home again.

20070314 Update: Ned Gold was transported to the hospital that is literally in his backyard in Warren Ohio this week. He still has a very long recovery ahead of him. If you would like to send more cards, Ned’s address is:
Ned Gold
8616 Bayberry Dr
Warren, Ohio 44484

20070409 Update: Ned was released from Hillside Rehab and is now home in Warren Ohio.

He amazed everyone with his determination and sheer will power to recover. He will be doing his exercises here at home and out patient 3 days a week at Hillside. Everything is going so well we can hardly believe it was just 2 months ago that he was all busted up, on a ventilator, and totally sedated. This has been quite an ordeal but with the thoughts and prayers of our family and friends and God’s intervention we made it through.

Ned’s tremors are all but gone, his speech is improving, he’s walking very well, making calls to family and friends, and is starting to eat better. The bone chip that lodged in his hip socket is bothering him some and may need to be addressed at a later date. He does get tired easily and is napping frequently. But, all things considered, he was damn lucky!

Please feel free to give him a call, drop us an e-mail, or stop by for a few minutes. He really wants all of you to know how much he appreciates everything you’ve done for us. Thank you!

Pictured above, Ned receives the PSA Silver Sage Award from Warren Smith. Photo by PSA member Phil Romans