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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Lone Grove's Werner in recovery after leg break

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  • MADILL — Lone Grove freshman Travis Werner underwent three hours of surgery on Saturday morning to repair a broken femur he suffered at the Madill Wildcat Invitational on Friday.
    Werner was coming down the straightaway in the second heat of the 300-meter hurdles when his leg caught a hurdle and he landed awkwardly. Marshall County Emergency Medical Services were first to the scene, keeping Werner stationary on the track as the meet was postponed for more than an hour.
    Werner was mediflighted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where x-rays showed a clean break of the left femur.
    Lone Grove athletic director Kenny Ridley said that Werner had a rod and screws put into his leg and doctors said he should be walking without crutches in two weeks.
    "He's one tough kid," Ridley said. "He just stumbled over the hurdle, leg landed wrong and he broke that femur.
    "Any time you're dealing with that big bone ... that's a tough bone to break. It's a scary thing."
    According to Ridley, doctors' prognosis was "excellent," a good sign considering the gruesome nature of the injury. Doctors and coaches surrounded Werner as paramedics administered medicine on the track Friday, as they waited for the helicopter's arrival.
    In the time between, Werner was clearly in pain, but was also seen flashing a couple of smiles back and forth with Ridley and the people by his side.
    "A big thanks to Madill's personnel," Ridley said. "They had their EMT here as fast as possible. We could have been a lot of other places and not had the same response time, the same level of care that we had here, so we're really appreciative of everybody."
    Follow Horne on Twitter: @ekhorneARD

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