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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The son of a Wilmington City Councilman may never walk again. Travis Rivenbark was seriously injured in a bike accident earlier this month. Today his father, City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark spoke exclusively to WWAY.

Charlie Rivenbark says after nearly two weeks in critical condition, his son Travis has been upgraded to fair condition and has been moved from the ICU.

The city councilman says it’s been a long road for his son since Travis was hit by a car while riding his bike to Wrightsville Beach two weeks ago.

Charlie says Travis will not be able to walk again, but can again talk, eat foods other than just liquids, and is starting to work on regaining strength.

He says he believes Travis will start physical therapy next week to relearn how to live his life.

“My son is ready to go,” Charlie said. “He has a great attitude about it and is anxious to get on with the rest of his life.”

Charlie says his family would not have survived this tough time without the support they have received from the community. He says he can never thank the staff of New Hanover Regional Medical Center enough for all they have done and continue to do to give Travis his life back.

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8 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Rivenbark’s son out of ICU, not expected to walk again"

2015 years 10 months ago

and it truly isn’t the end of the world. If your arms work, the world is still your oyster. If you’re still young and use one, you’ll meet chicks who would have never given you the time of day otherwise! There are perks! Best of luck Travis!

Kevin Murphy
2015 years 10 months ago

I know you have a lot to deal with at this time and your healing process has just started but I wanted to let you know that there are people out there that will help him get active again. I run a local non-profit that helps people with disabilities. I run an event each year at Wrightsville Beach that brings spinal cord patients surfing. I have been working for over a year with a young lady who suffers from spinal cord pain and have gotten her surfing on her own. If there is any way I can help please let me know. Kevin Murphy (910) 431-0594 feel free to check out http://www.ocean-cure.org to see what else we do.

New to town
2015 years 10 months ago

Just a comment, do reporters here in ILM, not know how to report stories? They don’t tell how the accident happened, who hit who? Are the police still investigating? Are there proper signs for bikers? Details of most of these reports are inconclusive and leaves the reader wondering, do the reporters or “journalists” have a college degree??? And if they do, they should ask for their money back, because this is at best elementary news work! Why is this level of work acceptable here, is it because Wilmington is a small town?

2015 years 10 months ago
Kevin Wuzzardo
2015 years 10 months ago

Thanks for your comment. This story was an update to one we’ve been covering for two weeks now. Time constraints often keep reporters in all markets from fully recapping previous stories in each update. There is more information about this story in previous versions here on our website. I’ll even help out and add a link to an earlier story in this story.

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Das Weibstück
2015 years 10 months ago

Are you new to computers as well?

2015 years 10 months ago

Also notice the “Read More” under the story title. Kinda works like a tagged feature. Click on any of those tags and get all related stories.

Charles Walters
2015 years 10 months ago

Many people have walked when Doctors said they never would again.


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