Man released with broken neck, never diagnosed
by Jake Lowary -- jlowary@cadizrecord.com © 2005 The Cadiz Record
Aug 03, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
What was to be a nice, day-long motorcycle trip to Patti’s 1880’s Settlement has turned into a nightmare for one Warren County family, who now may have to relive the incident for years to come.

Leonard Henderson, of Bowling Green, along with several friends, was traveling through Trigg County July 23 on a motorcycle ride through the hills and hollers of western Kentucky on their way to lunch at the restaurant in Grand Rivers, Ky.

However, things changed when Henderson wrecked his bike, a 2003 Harley Davidson Fat Boy model, traveling almost 200 feet off the road, and was ejected.

“It was a beautiful bike, all tricked out and chromed out,” Sheriff Randy Clark said, who responded to the scene.

Henderson struck a concrete culvert, sending the bike and himself hurling through the air. Henderson was severely injured, with several broken ribs, two head injuries, and other ailments, according to friends and family members who said that Leonard was 12 feet in the air at one point before landing on his shoulder and head.

However, what proved to be a bad experience only got worse when he returned to Bowling Green.

Henderson was released from Trigg County Hospital after being treated for injuries – a broken collar bone and lacerations requiring stitches, according to friends – however one injury apparently went unnoticed by doctors at the hospital.

After being discharged from Trigg County Hospital, Henderson was transported to his a hospital in Bowling Green by his wife in the family car. When he checked with doctors at The Medical Center in Bowling Green he was told that he had suffered a broken neck and could have died, friends told The Cadiz Record.

Leonard’s friend of 11 years, Randy Oscocki, of Alvaton, Ky. was leading the group of seven riders and said that at the Trigg County Hospital he believed that things began to go wrong.

“I always thought for stuff like that there was set procedures,” Oscocki said referring to the doctor on call, Dr. Stuart Harris. He said medical staff moved Leonard’s head around and took him off of a backboard and out of a neck brace before taking X-rays and CAT scans. He also said the nurses wheeled him on a wheelchair to X-ray which Oscocki said could have been under the agreement of Leonard. He also said that his friend never received a CAT scan.

For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.
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