Josh Kirkland Injury
Murrieta, CA – KTM Motorsports is saddened to
announce reigning XC2 ATV GNCC Champion Josh
Kirkland suffered a terrible crash a week ago
Friday breaking a vertebra in his neck.
Kirkland was practicing for the upcoming Pont de
Vaux ATV race held in France. While practicing
he suffered a horrendous crash that sent him
over the bars. An ambulance was sent immediately
at which point it was determined to life flight
him via helicopter to the nearest trauma center.
Upon admittance to the hospital, Kirkland
immediately underwent surgery through the back
of his neck to help stabilize the vertebrae in
his neck. It was determined that his C5 vertebra
was shattered and his spinal cord received
trauma but was not severed. Another surgery was
performed on Wednesday to aid in the
stabilization of the neck. . A small hole in his
intestine was also found this past Friday which
caused infection and a high fever led to a third
surgery. His family and friends have been by his
side since the accident and is thankful for
everyone’s kind words and prayers.
The family is hopeful in his recovery but will
not have more information until some time has
passed for the swelling in his spine to go down.
This could take months. At this time the
swelling in his spine has left him without
feeling from the chest down. The next step is to
wait for the swelling to subside and work on
rehabilitation from that point.
Kirkland is expected to remain at the Akron City
Hospital until stable and able to move on to a
rehabilitation center. The family is currently
sending updates on the following site:
A benefit account will be set up sometime this
week for donations. Further details will follow.
Friends and fans of Josh who would like to send
him cards may do so to the following address:
Akron City Hospital
Room: T2 Unit – Josh Kirkland
525 E. Market Street
Akron, OH 44304
A fundraiser was held this weekend at the
Mudstock event at Bike Barn Raceway in
Masontown, WV with all proceeds from the benefit
going directly to Josh. Additional benefit races
are scheduled for next weekend in Elkins, WV and
Uhricksville, OH (Crow Canyon).
The family asks that you keep Josh in your
thoughts and prayers as he begins his journey to