Randi Stump of Schroon Lake has written a book about her husband, Graham, and his recovery from a serious rodeo accident. “The Dark Stretch: A Young Wife’s Miraculous Ride from Darkness to Light” is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble online and at the Word of Life bookstores in Schroon Lake, New York and Florida.
continued “His horse was fine with only a piece of leather strapping breaking in the fall, but Graham was far from OK,” she continued. “He was flown down to Albany Medical where he was incubated and remained unconscious. He sustained a traumatic brain injury and a broken back.”
Doctors did not expect Graham to make a full recovery.
“What was so heart wrenching about our story to people is that I was not given good news about his recovery,” Randi said. “I was told he may be able to one day breathe on his own, but that would be about it.”
Graham was in a coma for three weeks.
“And then he started to do something no one thought he would do—he started to open his eyes,” Randi said. “He was transported to Sunnyview Rehabilitation hospital where he had to learn how to do everything all over again — breathe, swallow, chew, sit up, balance, move his limbs and eventually walk.”
After seven weeks of rehabilitation, Graham returned home. He eventually returned to his job at Mountain Petroleum in Schroon Lake.
“He has double vision and has to wear glasses to help with that,” Randi said of Graham’s current condition. “His depth perception is bad, causing balance issues at times. His left side was most affected from it, his arm doesn’t quite flex and bend like it used to. And he has memory issues.”
Helping Randi and Graham through the ordeal was their community.
“The community and church were so supportive,” Randi said. “Everyone here knows Graham and our family, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. Our local church in Olmstedville, Grace Bible Fellowship with Pastor Chad Haneman, led the way by truly showing Christ to everyone around them. They made us meals, watched my kids, gave monetarily to us, organized fund raisers, sent me cards and letters, visited me in the ICU. Mostly they prayed for me, which was huge.”