Friday, 28 September 2007

Dave Ellis TLCs

When Dave Ellis, a Toronto Sun assistant city editor, ended up in ICU following a recent bicycle accident, friends and co-workers turned to CarePages to send their best wishes.

The online service, designed to keep loved ones and friends up to date on hospital patients, has been very active since Dave's accident. The latest entry from Dave's family Thursday night reads:

"Success! Surgery is over, David is doing well. Doctors said the fused bones look better now than at the end of the first surgery. David will spend night in ICU and tomorrow he should be off the ventilator and moved to the floor. Just like the first time, CT scans will note progress in coming days. We are passing on all your well wishes to David. We'll let you know when visitors are allowed - Tanya, Lisa and Marilyn."

Dave, a well-liked Sun newsroom staffer for about five years, has received numerous speedy recovery messages from co-workers, former co-workers, friends and family. Visitors are not yet allowed so CarePages is the next best thing to being there.

It takes less than a minute to register and post a message. Family members say each and every CarePages message for Dave - there were 51 pages of postings as of Thursday night - is much appreciated.

Rob Lamberti, a veteran Sun crime reporter, says Dave was riding his racing-type bicycle recently when the thin front wheel got stuck in a sewer grate.

Dave's hard spill sent him to hospital with facial injuries requiring 15 stitches and three vertebrae in his neck were broken, cracked or severely damaged.

"Dave sounds like he is getting better and has movement in the hands and feet," says Rob. "It has been a very long week for the guy."

Dave, who has also worked for the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail, is feeling the "family" touch of media people who have worked with him over the years.

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