Marine critically injured in Cushing crash recovering steadily
Nineteen-year-old Eli Ranquist of Rockland has been making "slow and steady" progress at Central Medical Center in Lewiston after sustaining severe injuries in a car crash in Cushing Oct. 8.
Ranquist's grandmother, Linda Shanley, said he was transferred to the Step-down Unit from the Intensive Care Unit Oct. 21.
Ranquist under went surgery Oct. 8 to treat head trauma.
Ranquist is talking, standing, and walking with assistance. He has begun physical therapy treatments and was transported to Portsmouth, Va. to continue therapy, she said.
In a few weeks, Ranquist will transition to the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Hospital in Richmond, Va. for long-term rehabilitation. "We were all ecstatic when he walked to the nurses' station," she said, "we're very happy."
Ranquist is also starting to write and Shanley said the hospital staff is pleased with his progress.
Ranquist is a Marine based in Virginia and had previously planned on returning to Virginia on Oct. 9 following a brief three-day leave to visit family, said Shanley.
Ranquist was traveling north on Pleasant Point Road at the intersection of Cross Road when he collided head-on with a flat-bed truck driving southbound just after Broad Cove Market.
Ranquist was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center.
Shanley said Ranquist was visiting his father who had recently moved to Cushing and it was his first time in the town. Shanley said the crash was likely caused by Ranquist being unfamiliar with the road and not reckless driving.
To contact Ranquist, send letters and cards to: Portsmouth Naval Center 620 John Paul Jones Circle Floor 5, Room 24 Portsmouth, VA 23708.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.