Eric Orman of Spring Valley holds Hoyt, his son with girlfriend Asia Johnson, for the first time after getting his halo placed and being allowed to sit up in the hospital following his accident at work in Spring Valley Jan. 2.
Eric Orman of Spring Valley holds Hoyt, his son with girlfriend Asia Johnson, for the first time after getting his halo placed and being allowed to sit up in the hospital following his accident at work in Spring Valley Jan. 2.
A benefit fund has been set up for Eric Orman of Spring Valley for those who wish to aid him during his recovery from an 18-foot fall while on the job at AMD Distribution in Spring Valley on Jan. 2.

According to the family, Orman was working with insulation while standing on a pallet. The pallet shifted and Eric fell 18 feet. Orman's sister, Jennifer Barber, who came back to be with her brother and family from her home in California, said he fell, "hitting his back on a shelf, and then landing on the right side of his face/head onto the concrete below." She said Orman was then rushed to Saint Marys Hospital via ambulance.

"The neuro trauma team was activated and he was rushed into emergency surgery to evacuate bleeding on the brain (a subdural hematoma). They removed the right side of his skull to give the brain a chance to swell and recover.

"He was also placed in a cervical collar to stabilize a neck fracture and after the surgery he went to ICU to recover," Barber added.

Barber said it was on Jan. 4 that Orman had his neck bones realigned and was put in a halo device because his neck fracture had become displaced.

"On Jan. 6, the doctors found that the halo was not able to hold Eric's neck in alignment and the bones slipped back 6 mm to where they were displaced before," noted Barber.

Due to this, Orman underwent surgery on Jan. 9, to fuse two of his neck bones together.

"The surgery went great," said Barber, "and now he will begin his rehab therapy."

His sister said the fused bones in her brother's neck will "leave Eric with minimal movement of his head and neck for the rest of his life."

Orman will remain in the halo for many weeks to come and his skull bone will be replaced sometime after the halo is removed and his neck has healed enough that it is safe to do so, noted Barber.

She said it will be a long road to recovery for her brother. "We are anticipating that he will be unable to work for many months, possibly a full year, we are not sure."

"Eric will undergo extensive rehab and physical therapy once he has been stabilized and begin to move around safely," concluded Barber.

The family has set up a benefit fund at Home Federal Savings Bank for those who would like to make a donation to Orman. Donations can be made to any Home Federal Savings Bank, earmarked for the "Eric Orman Benefit."

For those who would like to follow Orman's progress and send him well wishes, go to his CaringBridge page at www.caringbridge.org/visit.ericorman.