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Assistant principal, critically injured in wreck, recovers slowly

POSTED: August 26, 2008 5:01 a.m.
An assistant principal at Johnson High School is stable but remains in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital two weeks after surviving a one-car wreck on his way to work.

Mike Adcock is still in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital, recovering from broken bones in both legs, a broken ankle, pelvis and rib, which contributed to a collapsed lung, said Hall County school system spokesman Gordon Higgins.

Johnson High School Principal Damon Gibbs said Adcock will undergo an evaluational surgery today.

Gibbs said Adcock had a tracheotomy Wednesday and remains on a ventilator. Also on Wednesday, doctors completed skin grafts to repair damage to Adcock’s left leg so they can begin surgery in the near future to repair fractures.

"The tracheotomy was to prevent long term damage to vocal cords ... He’s doing great with it. It’s actually more comfortable for him," Gibbs said, adding that Adcock continues to have difficulty speaking.

Gibbs said Adcock’s doctors remain optimistic, but caution his recovery will be slow.

Adcock was en route to Johnson High School at 6 a.m. on Aug. 8 when he lost control of his black Ford Explorer. He traveled 202 feet before the driver’s side of his vehicle struck a tree on Poplar Springs Road, according to a report from the Georgia State Patrol.

Adcock was flown by helicopter to the Atlanta hospital after he was trapped in his truck for more than an hour following the accident, Higgins said.

"The family is encouraged by the fact that he continues to show improvement every day, because his injuries are so serious," Higgins said. "The family realizes it will be a long road back for Mike."

Higgins said Adcock’s wife, Linda Adcock, is a teacher at Spout Springs Elementary School and their son, David Adcock, began his first year as a special education teacher at Johnson High School this month. The assistant principal also has a daughter, Beth Adcock, who is a senior at Piedmont College.

A special fund at Regions Bank has been created to help support the Adcock family. Gibbs said anyone wishing to contribute to the family may donate funds to the "Mike Adcock Benefit Fund" at any Regions Bank location.

Gibbs said the Adcock family has been overwhelmed by the show of financial and emotional support from the community.

"That point of support has just been unbelievable," Gibbs said. "Mike has touched a lot of lives, and that’s coming back. He’s made a difference to a lot of people, and they care about him."

Higgins said Adcock is in his second year as an assistant principal at Johnson High School. Adcock also worked at Flowery Branch High School as a basketball and graduation coach and at West Hall High School as a basketball coach.



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