MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) - Yesterday, WSAU told you about the problems of drug use around Marathon County and the new Push Back effort launched by health and law enforcement officials. Today, we’ll follow up on one of the victims.
A crash March 24th on the Thomas Street Bridge in Wausau left 24-year-old Michael Dixon dead. He had heroin in his system at the time of the crash, and had recently left treatment for his addiction. His 4-year-old son Jordan was nearly killed, even though he was in a child seat.
Ralph Dixon is Michael’s father and Jordan’s grandfather, and says Jordan’s recovery has been a miracle so far. “When he went in, I had a trauma surgeon tell me that most of the kids that come in with that level (of injuries) end up in a cemetery. Since that time, now he’s going to physical therapy on a daily basis, occupational therapy, speech therapy. He actually can stand up. He’s wobbly, but he’s able to walk between people. He’s getting back his stability. Physical therapy has him sitting, standing, doing art work, so basicly what he’s doing is just relearning some of those skills that he had before.”
Ralph Dixon attended the Push Back Against Drug Abuse event. His family has seen first hand how a loved one with an addiction affects everyone they know. He has talked with other people who have been impacted by a family member’s drug use.
Jordan Dixon is still hospitalized at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Ralph Dixon is hopeful he can be discharged after about five more weeks of intense therapy.