Worker crushed by ride at NC State Fair showing signs of recovery

From staff reportsNovember 4, 2013 

— An N.C. State Fair worker apparently is recovering from life-threatening injuries, WakeMed confirmed Monday.

Anesto Newell, who had been listed in critical condition less than a week earlier, was upgraded to “good” condition as of Monday morning. Newell, 32, was crushed by a component of a ride as he worked at the “tear down” of the fair on Oct. 27, according to his sister-in-law, Taka James.

The accident broke Newell’s back in three places, along with his left femur, his ankle and three toes, James said.

In critical condition, a patient’s vital signs are unstable and outside normal limits, and “indicators are unfavorable,” according to WakeMed’s website.

Newell, of Garner, entered emergency surgery on Friday, and by Monday was listed under “good” condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. In good condition, a patient’s “indicators are excellent,” the website states.

Newell “pulled his own tube out and can talk a little,” Taka James wrote in a text on Monday morning. But doctors have warned that he may face a year of intensive treatment.

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