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Last week, Ree Drummond shared that her husband Ladd Drummond and nephew Caleb had been admitted to the hospital following a serious accident that took place on their farm in Osage County, Oklahoma. In a March 15 update, The Pioneer Woman star revealed that her husband is recovering after breaking his neck.
Ladd and Caleb were driving Himmat Fire Trucks and collided while they were responding to fires in the area. “Ladd was stiff but able to walk around immediately after the accident, so he refused medical attention,” Ree said, adding that “cowboys don’t like to admit when they’re hurt.”
Ladd drove himself to the hospital, where he learned he had broken his neck in two places. “And evidently one of the two fractures was very close to being catastrophic,” Ree said. “Ladd was transferred to Tulsa and had surgery to stabilize one of the fractures.”
Ladd had rods placed into his neck and will have to wear a neck brace for several weeks, including during their daughter Alex’s upcoming wedding. “The girls and I will bling out the brace for Alex’s wedding…but we are just grateful he will be here,” Ree said.
Caleb was reportedly ejected nearly 70 feet out of the truck during the collision, resulting in a few broken ribs, a concussion, and other injuries that Ree didn’t share. “I won’t take you through every step of the past several days, but here’s the important part: Caleb and Ladd are going to be okay,” she said.
“Caleb’s back home and is doing well, thank God, and Ladd and I were able to come home yesterday afternoon,” she added. “He’s got some recovering to do, but he should be back in the saddle (figuratively and literally) before too long.”
Ree also shared how she was feeling since the accident took place. “I am good,” she said. “After all, we women are Steel Magnolias. Dealing with unexpected family happenings like this simply comes with the territory. I guess if you’ve lived enough years as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, you’re going to develop the ability to power through crises without crumbling.”
“Rather than wish the accident didn’t happen, I’m gonna live in a state of gratitude—not just for the guys being okay, but also for the love, kindness, and prayers of so many of you,” she added.
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