Tuesday, October 25, 2005
A Steamboat Springs woman is recovering at a Denver hospital after extensive surgery to reconstruct parts of her face and jaw from injuries she sustained in a bicycling accident Oct. 16.
Kathy Matzdorf, 52, reportedly was riding a mountain bike with her 15-year-old son at about 12:15 p.m. on Routt County Road 18 when she swerved to miss a rock in the road and flew over her handlebars, hitting the paved road face-first, Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor said.
Matzdorf's husband, Fred, said her medical condition was upgraded to stable from critical Sunday at Denver Health Medical Center.
"She's doing better. My son and I are doing well. We're over the day-to-day wondering if she's going to live. ... We're hanging in there," he said.
Fred Matzdorf said his wife took most of the fall's force on the right side of her face. He said she broke her lower jaw, lost 12 teeth, broke the orbits of her eyes and suffered some bleeding in her brain.
Doctors at Yampa Valley Medical Center initially thought the brain bleeding would leave her with permanent damage, but she has recovered from that, Fred Matzdorf said.
"She was out of it for a week," Fred Matzdorf said. "She just got out of bed for the first time (Monday)."
Fred Matzdorf said his wife is not able to speak or eat solid foods, but she is communicating by writing notes.
Matzdorf said doctors have told him that Kathy Matzdorf most likely will have minor scars from her surgery after she heals. Her jaw will remain wired shut for about six weeks, after which she will undergo dental and bone grafts.
Fred Matzdorf said she did not suffer any other injuries or broken bones.
Matzdorf said the outpouring of community support has been overwhelming and that he and his son appreciate everyone's concerns.
"This community has been great. I appreciate the calls and prayers," he said.
Matzdorf said he spent about four days last week in the hospital and plans to spend about three days in Denver this week. Kathy Matzdorf is expected back in the Steamboat Springs area in about 1 1/2 weeks, Fred Matzdorf said.
The Matzdorfs are owners of the Double Z Bar & BBQ restaurant in Steamboat.