IRL: Kenny Brack medical update 2002-12-05

Brack returns home to continue rehabilitation. INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003 -- IRL IndyCar Series driver Kenny Brack, who was injured in the season-ending Chevy 500 Oct. 12 at Texas Motor Speedway, returned to his Upper Arlington, Ohio...

Brack returns home to continue rehabilitation.

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003 -- IRL IndyCar Series driver Kenny Brack, who was injured in the season-ending Chevy 500 Oct. 12 at Texas Motor Speedway, returned to his Upper Arlington, Ohio home Dec. 5, said Dr. Henry Bock, director of medical services for the Indy Racing League.

After spending almost six weeks at Methodist Hospital and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, both in Indianapolis, Brack was transferred Dec. 1 to Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Center at The Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for inpatient therapy.

He will begin his outpatient therapy Dec. 8 at the Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence in Columbus.

"I can tell you that I feel I am getting stronger every day," Brack said. "I was ecstatic the other day when the leg doctor came in and said, 'Your bones are healing faster than what we expected, and you can start walking on your left leg tomorrow.'

"Since then, I have walked nearly every day. Every day I am walking a little bit further. I have been walking with crutches. That's a lot harder, as it requires more balance, and it wears me out really fast at the moment. That's what happens when you spend about six to seven weeks in bed."

Brack's wife, Anita, said both she and Kenny are excited to be back in Columbus.

"It was very emotional to see Kenny up on his feet and walking with crutches," said Anita Brack, who is scheduled to have the couple's first child in late December. "He is improving daily now. I'm sure he will be working harder in therapy as he gets stronger. I know he and I are thrilled to be back home in Columbus now."

Brack, the 1998 IRL IndyCar Series champion and 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner, suffered a fractured right femur, a fractured sternum, a fractured lumbar (L-3) vertebra and fractures to both ankles in an accident on Lap 188 of the Chevy 500.

He had surgery on Oct. 12 (femur and ankles) and Oct. 13 (vertebra) at Dallas' Parkland Hospital. He had follow-up surgery on his vertebra and right ankle on Nov. 4 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Fans wishing to send a get-well message to Brack can do so at www.teamrahal.com or by sending cards or letters to: Team Rahal, 4601 Lyman Dr., Hilliard, Ohio 43026.

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