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C“ I looked at my father’s face when they started taking it off and he was pale. When I looked for myself and saw the size of the wound, I couldn’t believe how bad it was,” he says about seeing the wound for the fi rst time after surgery. Brooks’ dream of becoming a gymnast started at age 5. His dad, Larry, saw potential in his son and started teaching him the basics at home. When Chris began taking classes at age 6, he was way ahead of his peers. At age 17, in the spring of his junior year of high school, he was making a name for himself on a national level. He competed in the all-around, fl oor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar and was gearing up to attend the USA qualifying championships his senior year. “I was getting close to making the jump to the senior ranks on the U.S. National Team,” Brooks says. “I really felt like it was the year I was going to push some of the senior guys for a spot on the team.” During training in March 2004, Brooks was performing a routine release move on the high bar where the gymnast jumps from the bar to catch it again. When Brooks tried to do this, the grip he was wearing got caught and caused his right hand to lock in place while his body kept moving forward. The bones breaking in his right arm sounded like a shotgun going off in his ear. He was taken to the emergency room at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital where they set both bones. Brooks believed he would be in a cast for four to six weeks, after which he’d be good as new. The next day he went to see Methodist orthopedic surgeon and hand and upper extremity specialist Dr. Korsh Jafarnia. “He had a lot of swelling and we determined pretty quickly that he had developed compartment syndrome,” Jafarnia recalls. “So we took him to the operating room immediately.” 29 hris Brooks saw the blood-soaked bandage and thought all his hopes and dreams were gone. Leading Medicine • Volume 7, Number 1


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