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As most of you know, I am a sadist. I believe a cast or splint must be earned through some measure of pain, horror, shock, and disbelief. I am not a fan or recreational casting.
Wake boarder Dallas Friday is earning her splint in spades. The reigning world champion wake boarder was in Singapore in 2006 competing in a tournament. She missed a landing while doing a move called a 'whirlybird' and broke her femur in 9 places. The video below shows the injury occurring.
Dallas took up wake boarding in 2000 after breaking both of her ankles in middle school gymnastics. Her father convinced her that wake boarding was a much safer sport. I am not sure about the safe part but Dallas ended up becoming the winningest women's rider ever, a four-time X Games champion, and was awarded the ESPY for best female action-sports athlete in 2004.
Once at the hospital, treatment involved insertion of plate in her femur. Part of her hip was used to reconstruct the femur. During surgery, surgeons discovered that Dallas had lake water in her lungs. She was put into a coma and both lungs were aspirated. She spent 6 days in an intensive care unit.
After a year, Dallas returned to competition. She regained her former world champion form. She retired from formal competition in 2015.
The picture of Dallas being loaded onto the rescue boat is one of my favorite pain pictures of all time. For those of you who share my sadistic interest in broken bones, here are my all time top five broken bone pain pictures. To make this list, the picture must show the victim's face.