A Surrey man who was sent to hospital after being pinned under a car at a racetrack near Comox is now recovering and has met his newborn son for the first time.
On Sept. 29 Jonathan Sedman was sent to a Vancouver hospital with serious injuries after a vehicle flipped over a barrier at the Saratoga Speedway track and pinned him as he was setting up fireworks.
Eight months pregnant, his wife went into early labour when she found out about the accident. She was sent to a separate hospital.
Just one day after the incident his son, Kaiden, was born a month early. Jonathan though was unaware as he was still in serious condition and heavily medicated.
Earlier this week he got to see him for the first time, just not in person.
“He was able to do a Skype with the baby, but the connection wasn’t great,” said Jenifer. “Last night the baby got released from the hospital Christa brought the baby in and we waited anxiously for her to come in.”
“She came in and he was just staring in wonderment and then she put him into his arms he was just all smiles and just so happy.”
Jennifer says he is doing better but still has a journey ahead of him before he is fully recovered.
“John has come such a long way, it’s almost miraculous how far he has come, he is out of the ICU, he’s now in the high acuity ward,”
“He does have an aggressive infection and they have had to go in twice, just to remove some dead muscle tissue… tomorrow he goes back into surgery… he can just a but move his left leg so it’s going to be a while before he can even sit up and stand.”
She says he is able to speak normally now, and that the family is thankful for all the community support.
“Its shocking, it was unbelievable really just the amount of support got from everybody via the GoFundMe page or Facebook, or phonecalls. People who just don’t even know him. The racing community at Saratoga Speedway has just been amazing… I don’t even have words how amazing touching that is,” added Jennifer.
The GoFundMe campaign can be found here. On Oct. 20, his father is going to shoot the fireworks off at the racetrack and all the proceeds from that night are going towards the family.