18-year-old from Bountiful has been released from the hospital
Our very best wishes go to this fine missionary. We are so sad for all who have
lost loved ones in this sad accident, and for the many injured passengers. We
are so glad they will all be remembered in many prayers.
Just curious ... what does the LDS church usually do in such situations?Is his mission over? Or will he get the chance to for a do over when he
recovers from his injuries? Anybody out there know?
rvalens2:These are case-by case decisions, depending on the extent
of the injuries and the time and effort it will take for treatment and rehab.
The missionary, family, MP and Missionary Dept. will all have input. If they
decide to treat him there, he'll most likely stay on his mission for the
duration.Even if he comes home for treatment and rehab, if recovery
is a matter of weeks instead of months, it is not uncommon to send missionaries
right back to the same mission to complete it. If he returns home
for treatment and recovery/rehab time is lengthy, he could very well be given a
medical release. Then when he is fit, he could re-apply and go out again.
They usually if they are repairable, send them home to mend, and then get
shipped to a different mission. Or, if they aren't hurt to bad, they just
stay at the mission home for a few weeks to repair.
@rvalens2:It depends on the situation. My cousin tore his ACL on
his mission and went home for surgery, but was not released and went back to his
mission about 6 weeks later and finished the remainder of his mission and ended
on time. Other missionaries I've known are released for longer recovery
periods and come back to finish the remainder of their time, or they're
reassigned to other missions depending on the circumstances. Any of the above
might happen for this Elder. Given the nature of his injuries, I'd guess
he'll be released for surgery back in the States and then sent back once
he's recovered enough.
@rvalens2Most likely, he will be able to continue his mission in
spain as soon as he is fully recovered. Usually with injuries, the missionary
can decideif they want to continue their mission as long as they are able to
fully recover. My father in law was in a serious accident on his
mission and became paralyzed from the waist down. Fortunatley, he was determined
to get back out on his mission and relearned how to walk again... a year later
he returned and finished his mission.
I had the same type of neck injury following a bike accident during my mission
in the 1970s. I could have been killed. After a week in the hospital and 2-3
weeks of convalescence, I was lucky to return to missionary service. I continued
to have neck pain during my mission, and it continues even today. I'm not
sure what the church policy is today, but my parent's insurance paid for it
all. I think every missionary accident is different and it'll be up to the
missionary and doctor's evaluations. I was happy not to have been sent
home to heal though.I pray for him as I do for all the victims in
this horrible accident. What a sad day for Spain and all those who lost loved
His mission president is an orthopedic surgeon? What a "coincidence!"
Gee Elder Ward, welcome to the mission. We're thinking about you.
Both of my brothers had serious medical injuries while serving, and each
returned home to convalesce and were allowed to return and complete; one to the
same mission (5 months later) another to a new US mission. Fortunate the young
guy survived, and hopefully he'll be able to function well first of all and
feel good about whatever outcome seems most wise - glad his MP is an ortho, that
has to help in making a well-reasoned decision. Condolences to the families of
those killed and injured.
Steven was in my ward Fall Semester at BYU. I remember the first day I moved
into Felt Hall he came down to introduce himself. What a great individual.
It's very comforting to know that he was not injured as bad as some other
people were in this tragic incident. Hopefully he makes a quick recovery and can
get back to serving soon. He's a very knowledgeable, spirited kid. I wish
him the best of luck.Bueno suerte, Elder.
I also know Elder Steven Ward. He is always happy, always positive with a good
sense of humor. He comes from a wonderful family of faith. I was horrified to
learn he was involved in this accident but very grateful to hear that it looks
as if he will mend.
It all depends. I would guess since he is a greenie he will be allowed to go
back out after he fully recovers, assuming he does. However, if the missionary
is an old timer and gets severely injured they go home and stay home. I had
three months left and had to go home for a knee surgery and they said congrats
on your mission have a good life, more or less.
The name of the town is El Ferrol, not El Ferro. Good luck to the
missionary and everyone else impacted by this accident, and God bless.
My prayers go out to this young man. It is so unfortunate he was on this train.
Just bad luck I suppose. I hope this doesn't set him back. He'll
be back out in no time.
I don't imagine that this is an "easy" mission in which to teach
the Gospel. I wonder if anyone has thought how many doors will be opened to him
and his companion when investigators find out that he survived this horrible
train wreck. Thank goodness he lived. It's truly a miracle. The Lord works
in mysterious ways!God bless you, Elder!
@rvalens2...his mission is over is he has extensive medical expenses. The Church
won't pay for them. My son had a severe concussion in the mission field and
as soon as medical expenses were going to be incurred they sent him home.If the elder can sit around the Mission Home and become well enough to proceed
they'll send him back out.
The Lord was with you young man! I am sure you are very aware of that! Sounds
like you weren't finished with the Mission!
If he can run a computer, the Mission President will surely find something for
him to do when he is strong enough. I have a grandson who served a mission in
South Africa, and was so frustrated because of his knowledge of the computer, he
spent most of his mission in the mission home. This was a number of years ago,
before all Kids new how to run acomputer. Then the day he was sent to work in
the field, much to his joy, he had an accident on his Bike and broke his arm.
Back in the Mission home where he could always serve even with one hand. I
know that he wanted to really be out in the field, but the Lord needed him in
the mission home. He is now the father of 7, and hopefully some of his children
will serve missions.
Another modern day miracle. Nothing less than a miracle in any possible way.
Thanks Elder Ward for your service.
Comment that there are also members who have suffered in the accident, I am
informed are the Neighborhood 3 of Madrid, the woman is admitted to the hospital
while her husband is high, members of Spain are praying for all those affected
in this accident and relatives of the deceased, in my city where I live in San
Fernando, Cádiz, of the seven who traveled and were known, only two people
have survived, the five have died.
It wasn't a miracle.
I recall that Mitt Romney was on his mission in France when he was in a car
accident with the mission president and president's wife. The wife died,
and the president returned home to recover. Romney had a concussion and a broken
arm, but he was asked to take over leadership of the mission, which he did
successfully, despite the circumstances. If Elder Ward can return to
proselyting, his experience will be a reminder to people to think about death
and the meaning of life, and the great questions that the missionaries of the
LDS Church offer to answer: Where did I come from? Why am I here on earth? And
where am I going after death?
My Mission President M. Alvin Romney had heart problems while I was AP with
Elder Chavez in the Mexico Hermosillo Mission in 1982. The
President went to Salt Lake where Elder Nelson took care of him and Vaughn J.
Featherstone blessed him that he would be able to come back to the Mission.
Meanwhile, Elder Chavez and I and the rest of the Mission Home staff managed to
keep it a secret until a week before he returned, 2 months later.Making transfers twice was hairy. I'm glad he came back, or I would have
had to spend the rest of my mission in the mission home, training the new Prez.