July 28, 2014

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Penfield trustee improves while in hospital

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PENFIELD TWP. — Penfield Township Trustee Lloyd Gordon continues to improve after being critically injured in a tractor mishap on Aug. 4.

Gordon, who was run over by a tractor while working on his dairy farm, was listed in good condition Friday night, according to a MetroHealth Medical Center nurse supervisor.

His wife, Susan Gordon, said her husband can now move the left side of his body and is alert for 20 to 30 minutes at a time.

One of his biggest accomplishments thus far was when hospital staff placed him in a chair and he sat upright, she said.

“He is improving,” Susan Gordon said Friday.

Susan Gordon has remained with her husband during the 20-day hospital stay.

Even though Lloyd Gordon cannot walk, talk or see, he has made a vast improvement, his wife said.

“From how he was — he is getting there now,” she said.

When Lloyd Gordon was first admitted into the Cleveland hospital, he had a cerebral hematoma, collapsed lungs, broken facial bones, eight broken ribs and a fractured pelvis, as well as other complications.

According to an update on www.caringbridge.org, a website that updates family and friends on Gordon’s condition, by Wednesday he had been without the ventilator for two nights. He also has been moved out of the trauma/surgical intensive care unit and placed in a regular ICU room with another patient.

“This is great news because it essentially means that his acute injuries are under control and he is healing,” read the website, which has had 27,750 visits as of Friday.

Keeping the mood light in the hospital room, the Gordon family has been talking about the Lorain County Fair — one of Lloyd Gordon’s favorite summer time events.

Lloyd Gordon isn’t the only one who misses the fair this year — the fair misses Lloyd Gordon.

Tonight, during the combine derby, Lloyd Gordon’s son, Mark Gordon, will be presenting a trophy to the winner of the most unique combine in honor of his father, said Nikki Claubaugh, co-superintendent of the event.

“Lloyd sponsors that trophy,” Claubaugh said.

Claubaugh added that she and Lloyd Gordon have been working together for nearly 14 years on the combine derby. After Lloyd Gordon stopped driving his combine, he helped inspect the combines before the derby.

“We all miss Lloyd tremendously,” Claubaugh said. “The Lorain County Fair is a big part of all of us, and Lloyd is a very big part of the fair.”

The combine derby will be 7 p.m. today in the Grandstand.

A donation account for Lloyd Gordon has been set up at Fifth Third Bank, 161 E. Herrick, Wellington. Checks should be made out to “Fund FBO Lloyd J. Gordon.”

Contact Melissa Linebrink at mlinebrink@chroniclet.com or 329-7243.