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Scott Russell Update and Photos

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The photos are indeed graphic and a testament to Scott's commitment for the sport, but for clarification, the wound on the thigh and the 2 smaller wounds on both sides of his lower leg are appear to be surgical incisions - much too smooth for a laceration as a direct result of the accident. These 3 incisions are called fasciotomies and are placed by a surgeon to relieve the pressure within the soft tissues that occurs after a major fracture, burn, or crush injury. If this pressure is allowed to build in a closed space, like the leg or thigh, the tissues essentially become strangulated and die resulting in a loss of the leg. After the incisions are made the skin shrinks and often cannot be reapproximated without a skin graft. Probably much more that you wanted to know. Regardless, it sounds as if Scott is in good hands. Best wishes to him and his family.
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In response to those of you who race...

In response to those of you who race and are now having second thoughts, I defy you to name anything in life that makes you feel alive, that is without risk of anykind.

While it's true that you should not be stupid about it and that you can change the odds more to your favor.....

The greater the risk, the more alive it makes you feel. Otherwise you might as well stay home, sit on the couch and watch Mayberry re-runs...
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