Sunday, July 14, 2019
Baltimore Teen’s Family ‘Blessed With So Much Love…’ After Spinal Injury In OC
OCEAN CITY – The Fourth of July holiday weekend was marred when a Baltimore teen suffered a significant neck and spinal cord injury in the surf.
On July 4, Ben Paepcke, a 2018 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, was body-surfing with his friends in front of a lifeguard stand when he dove under and did not come up, according to a Go Fund Me page set up in his name by his family. Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards immediately assessed the situation and rushed into the water to rescue Paepke.
Other OCBP lifeguards in the area also responded and assisted in stabilizing Paepcke’s neck and back. Once stabilized, Paepcke was transported from the beach. At the hospital, it was discovered Paepcke had broken his neck at C5 and suffered a spinal cord injury. Once he was stabilized, Paepke was transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore where he was undergoing testing and preparing for multiple surgeries.
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