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Recent SLHS Grad Severely Hurt in Canadian Go-Kart Accident

by Karen Goff August 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm 1,267 9 Comments

Supporting Ayrton Climo/Photo via twitterRecent South Lakes High School graduate Ayrton Climo was seriously injured last weekend in a street course go-kart accident in Trois-Riveres, Quebec, according to the Canadian Karting News website.

Climo was on a practice run at Le Monaco de Trois-Rivieres when he made contact with the hay bales ringing the track and was thrown from his cart.

From Canadian Karting News:

Following an immediate surgery to relieve the pressure on his swelling brain from the impact, Climo was medically induced into a coma to allow the swelling of his brain to reduce. All of his vitals, bones and muscles are in good condition and the swelling in his brain is going down although as of Monday he still remains in the induced coma in critical but stable condition.

The Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and Coupe du Quebec were held last weekend in Trois-Riveres. Go-Karts can go up to 60 mph on that track.

Climo has been racing since he was 10 years old. He first tried it after watching Formula One races, he told the South Lakes Sentinel in 2010.

“You have to be able to think quickly,” he told the Sentinel. “The racing I do is left and right. I am not saying NASCAR is easy, but karting is hard. … You are literally an inch off the ground going really fast. It’s crazy.”

Racers and friends have started a #keepfightingAyrton Twitter hashtag to support the teenager.

  • O’Connell

    Our prayers are with you Ayrton!! You are a fighter and have a lot of people pulling for you here in Reston.

    • Gregory 22

      We are all pulling for you here in Connecticut too Ayrton. Keep Fighting and we will keep praying,

  • Carolyn

    Lisa and Ayrton are neighbors. Is there a fund to help with Lisa’s living expenses?

    • Karen Goff

      I have not heard of anything organized but I will try and find out.

      • Carolyn

        There is now an account on Gofundme for medical and living expenses for Ayrton and his family.

        • Karen Goff

          Thanks for letting me know. I will do a new post with links to it tomorrow.

  • dma

    #keepfightingayrton
    Great kid with lots of life still left in him. Many thoughts and prayers from Canada. There will be lots of us at the Canadian nationals showing our support.

  • Alexandra Bolanos Brown

    To help Ayrton an his family, a funding site has been set up. Go to http://www.gofundme.com/cs0c50 every little bit helps! #KEEPFIGHTINGAYRTON

  • Chuck

    Mercy Medical Angels (formerly Mercy Medical Airlift) based out of Virginia Beach, VA, has several programs that might be able to assist in returning Aryton home to Virginia. If Aryton is an outpatient not requiring medical monitoring en route, he may be eligible for a stretcher flight provided by volunteer pilots. Service is provided utilizing a federally-approved stretcher equipped Beech 36 aircraft. Go to http://mercymedical.org/request-assistance/ (Insert ”Stretcher Transport” in Comments or call 800-296-3797). In almost 40 years MMA has provided 147,000 patient trips for 99 million miles.

    I’m a few years old than Aryton, but am a fellow racer (Formula Ford). Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Aryton.

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