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LHS athlete recovering from car accident

April 7, 2005

A Lansing High School student remains in critical condition in an Overland Park Hospital with injuries suffered in a car wreck, but the boy's father says his son is making progress.

Jon Terrill, a senior at LHS, was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center on March 26 after rolling his Ford Explorer on Kansas Highway 7 in Olathe. He was on his way to the Great Mall of the Great Plains to buy a pair of sneakers, said Randall Terrill Jr., Jon's father.

Shaun Robinson, a Lansing resident and a passenger in the vehicle, also was taken to Overland Park Regional. He was released March 30.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log, at 5:30 p.m. March 26, Terrill was driving his 2000 Explorer southbound on K-7 just south of College Boulevard when he drifted into the median. In an attempt to bring the vehicle back into the lane, Terrill overcorrected and caused the vehicle to roll several times before coming to a stop at the bottom of a hill. Randall Terrill said wet pavement contributed to the accident.

Both Terrill and Robinson were ejected from the vehicle. Neither was wearing a seat belt.

Robinson spent four days in the hospital before being released. Among his injuries were a cracked sternum and separated shoulder.

Terrill wasn't as fortunate. He suffered a broken left cheekbone, broken collarbone, broken right wrist and multiple rib fractures and breaks.

"They did a CAT scan on Wednesday, and they said his head was OK," Randall Terrill said Monday. "They said his kidneys and liver and spleen looked OK, and that had been a big concern."

The most serious of his injuries, however, were two collapsed lungs. Terrill is on a ventilator to facilitate his breathing while his lungs heal. Doctors have placed him in a medically induced coma to prevent him from moving around and jarring his damaged lungs and ribs. They bring him out of sedation occasionally to check his eyes and other vital signs, but quickly put him back out before he moves, his father said.

Randall Terrill said his son was making progress. He said the doctors hadn't given him a timetable for Jon's recovery, but he was anticipating his son being in the hospital for about three months. It may take a year for full recovery, he said.

The lengthy recovery period means Terrill will miss his senior season on the Lansing High baseball team. After moving last fall to Lansing from Fulton, Mo., Terrill spent the winter training with the wrestling team and was state medalist Ryan Civils' top competition at 189 pounds. At the time, Terrill said he was using wrestling to get in shape for baseball.

"I'm just looking forward to being in shape and basically winning my position on the baseball field by being in that wrestling room every day," Terrill told The Current in February.

LHS baseball coach Terry Stueve said Terrill had earned his place on the team and would have had a home in the pitching rotation.

"He had injured his thumb in wrestling, and that set him back as far as throwing in baseball, but he had been doing pretty well," Stueve said. "At the time, he was going to be in there somewhere throwing some innings."

Stueve said the Lions would keep the Terrill family in their thoughts and prayers throughout the season.

Randall Terrill said his family, including wife Lisa and son Jeff, LHS junior wrestler and baseball player, were doing well considering the circumstances, and he said they appreciated the prayers and support that friends throughout the community had offered.

"Saturday night and Sunday morning were pretty rough, but I think overall we're doing good," he said. "A lot of that is attributed to our faith in Christ. Jon is in the Lord's hands. Lisa and I are only stewards as far as Jon is concerned. The Lord has given us Jon to be stewards of, but God is in control, and Jon is in his hands. We rest in those principles and we rejoice every moment that he's here.

"We just continue to pray for his recovery and appreciate everybody's thoughts and prayers and their concern," he added. "Jon's a good kid. He'll be fine. It's just going to take awhile."

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