Rider Down! Big Maico in hospital

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6/3/2018 11:18 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/3/2018 7:19 PM

Big Maico (Howard Lobel of Houston) took a big digger yesterday at Rio Bravo.

He is currently in the Shock Trauma unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He evidently whiskey throttled over a berm at Rio and body slammed a tree. He had surgery last night to remove his spleen. In addition, he suffered a broken femur, open break to the wrist, and a broken ankle. According to his wife, Donna, things were iffy last night as his blood pressure fell, he also developed compartment syndrome and didn't have blood flow to the hand or foot. That has been restored at this time and he is currently in surgery again to work on the wrist.

UPDATE (9 PM Sunday): I just got off the phone with Donna and Howard is doing much better this evening. He is awake and alert and his pain is being managed. He still needs additional surgeries to fix the femur and ankle so he will be in the hospital for some time to come.

Please say a prayer for my friend Howard.

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6/3/2018 11:26 AM

Damn Big Maico, heal up brother!

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6/3/2018 11:27 AM

Heal up man!

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6/3/2018 11:29 AM

Bad deal. Heal up brother.

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6/3/2018 11:39 AM

Dammit Howard...I thought you were taking it "easy" here lately? Best wishes for as speedy of a recovery as possible. Motocross Cat "The Big Splat" cartoon will be posted up as soon as the morphine wears off. In the meantime, let me know if you need anything from my direction!

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6/3/2018 11:47 AM

Hope he gets through it ok. Don’t need the spleen. Ruptured my spleen in 1976 crashing my MR50. Will need pneumonia shot for certain strains. About five years ago a cat scan found some tiny spleen fragments that found a blood supply in my abdomen but no issues there

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6/3/2018 11:54 AM

You the man HOWARD! Thinking of you buddy! Stay strong my friend!

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6/3/2018 12:00 PM

Ughh no bueno! Get well soon man and stay strong.

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6/3/2018 12:04 PM

Sending prayers to ya Big Maico, get well!

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6/3/2018 12:05 PM

God dang Howard! That sounds like it was a good one. Sending my best wishes his way , and heal up man.

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6/3/2018 12:16 PM

Keeping him and his family in my prayers.

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6/3/2018 12:47 PM

Yikes, that’s a bummer. Heal up soon!

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6/3/2018 12:54 PM

Sending prayers and best wishes Big M, hate to see the Vets go down this hard.

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6/3/2018 1:15 PM

Prayers for you, big maico.

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6/3/2018 1:29 PM

Prayers sent from a fellow Houstonian! Heal up soon Big Maico.

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6/3/2018 1:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/3/2018 1:42 PM

So damned sorry to hear this. Howard is good people.
Wishing all the best to him and family.
Would some of you locals please keep us posted please?
KT

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6/3/2018 1:45 PM

Whiskey and throttles are never a good combo Big !

Prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

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6/3/2018 1:47 PM

KMC440 wrote:

Whiskey and throttles are never a good combo Big !

Prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

Especially on a big bore Maico!!
All the best Howard, stay strong my man.

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6/3/2018 1:57 PM

Stay strong dude..

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6/3/2018 1:59 PM

Hoping for a speedy Recovery Big Maico!

Ghost

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6/3/2018 1:59 PM

Positives thoughts and payers sent

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6/3/2018 2:06 PM

Howard, Very sorry to hear that.
Wishing you a full and speedy recovery buddy

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6/3/2018 2:11 PM

Damn, stay strong and sending healing vibes.

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6/3/2018 3:17 PM

dimetime wrote:

Damn, stay strong and sending healing vibes.

just a bump in the road Big Maico, thoughts are with you and yours!!

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6/3/2018 8:41 PM

I know Howard has been taking it easy. Really surprised to hear this. Was he on his 14 KTM450?

Praying for you Howard!!!

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6/3/2018 8:58 PM

Zoom wrote:

I know Howard has been taking it easy. Really surprised to hear this. Was he on his 14 KTM450?

Praying for you Howard!!!

Larry, he was on the KTM.

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6/3/2018 9:14 PM

Prayers for you . get well and come back faster than ever

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6/3/2018 9:41 PM

Prayers and positive vibes sent for a quick recovery.

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There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear.

6/4/2018 6:47 PM

YIKES, havent been online for a few days and VintageDave messaged me and told me the bad news.

Dang Howard, hope you will be okay are not hurting too bad right now, will call tomorrow.

Get better you wild man !!


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6/4/2018 7:05 PM

Terrible to hear. Get well soon.

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