Scott Thompson and Madison Ortman are thanking the community for its support following Thompson’s dirt biking accident in June. Photo by Marissa Tiel/Campbell River Mirror

Campbell River couple thankful for support after accident

Scott Thompson was injured while dirt biking in late June

A Campbell River couple is thanking the community for its support following a close call earlier this summer.

Scott Thompson was camping near Campbell River when he was in a serious dirt biking accident on June 22.

He broke all the ribs on the left side of his body, suffering a lacerated spleen and a collapsed lung.

RELATED: Campbell River man in medically-induced coma after serious dirt bike incident

It was a “pretty good crash” says Thompson, who is back home in Campbell River with his girlfriend Madison Ortman and their two dogs and two cats.

“It’s been going good for the last few months now,” he says. “I’ve been healing up pretty well.”

Thompson was in a medically induced coma for five days at the Victoria General Hospital where he underwent surgeries to have his spleen removed, his lung reinflated and his ribs repaired. He was in hospital for 10 days and has been recuperating at home with Ortman and their animals.

Ortman says their dog Diesel was so happy to see them home that he wagged his butt so much he fell over.

“The dogs were actually quite stoked,” says Thompson. “Our pit bull Diesel wanted to jump up right away but he could tell I was hurting.”

Thompson spent his first night home sleeping on the couch with a dish rack wedged into the back for support. Ortman slept next to him on cushions on the floor.

While the sleeping arrangements weren’t ideal, the couple was happy to be home and back in a community that had supported them.

“I don’t know what I would have done without everybody because that was a rough week,” Ortman says of their time in Victoria. “The love and support and all the messages kept me going.”

When Thompson was in the hospital, their friend Alexis Cawdell started a crowdfunding campaign to help take the financial burden off the couple.

It’s received more than $7,000 from about 100 donors.

When Thompson was first injured, Ortman, who works full-time and attends school part-time, was unsure of how she would make ends meet.

“Thankfully we’ve been able to keep our feet under us,” she says.

Members of the community stepped up for them, bringing meals by and supporting them financially. A local business even donated dog food.

At first Ortman couldn’t bear to look at her social media accounts, but the day she gave consent for Thompson to have his ribs plated, she was really struggling.

Cawdell showed her the GoFundMe page.

“I was just brought to tears because that weight had just been lifted off of me,” she says. “I didn’t have to worry about school or anything like that. I could just worry about him getting better.”

When Thompson woke up and heard about the fundraising effort he said he was emotional.

“It damn near brought me to tears realizing how many people are out there to help and support me,” he says.

Neither Ortman nor Thompson grew up in Campbell River, but after living here for four and six years respectively, they’re reminded why they now call the community home.

“Everybody here has just reminded me of why I stayed,” says Ortman. “Family isn’t necessarily blood, it’s who you choose.”


@marissatiel
marissa.tiel@campbellrivermirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Two injured hikers airlifted from North Vancouver Island Park

Campbell River and Comox Search and Rescue hoist team rescued the injured from Cape Scott Provincial Park

B.C. village’s local government sees four mayoral changes within three months

Resignations and appointments happened in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic

Indigenous B.C. tour operator keeps culture alive through virtual journeys in COVID-19 era

Campbell River based Homalco Tours is also in the process of setting up live cameras for bear viewing in Orford

Planning a beach fire? Bring a bucket

“Summer is here and as people gear up for beach and campfires,… Continue reading

Campbell River RCMP outline their approach to mental health calls

Recent events have spurred discussion of police interactions with people suffering from mental health concerns

13 new B.C. COVID-19 cases, Langley Lodge outbreak ends

Health care outbreaks down to four, 162 cases active

Mirror business directory and map

If you’d like to be added to the list, shoot us an email

MP asks Minister of Transport for review of safe crew levels on new ferries

The new ferries were approved to run with smaller crew sizes, raising safety concerns

Alberta health minister orders review into response after noose found in hospital in 2016

A piece of rope tied into a noose was found taped to the door of an operating room at the Grande Prairie Hospital in 2016

B.C.’s major rivers surge, sparking flood warnings

A persistent low pressure system over Alberta has led to several days of heavy rain

B.C.’s Indigenous rights law faces 2020 implementation deadline

Pipeline projects carry on as B.C. works on UN goals

‘Mind boggling’: B.C. man $1 million richer after winning Lotto 6/49 a second time

David O’Brien hopes to use his winnings to travel and of course keep playing the lottery

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Most Read