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Racing to Recovery: Hmiel Continues to Recover 17 Days Later; Update 8:53PM

It’s been 17 days since Shane Hmiel’s USAC crash and since then, he’s been through a lot. Within 48 hours of the wreck, Hmiel went through two successful surgeries: one for a broken back and the other for a broken neck. He also fought his way through a battle with pneumonia. Lastly, he went through a third successful surgery on Monday to repair a torn artery in his neck. Today at 3 p.m., Hmiel will go through yet another procedure: this time to insert a tube temporarily in his neck, known as a trach. The trach will be there to help him breath while allowing the doctors to remove the vent. By removing the vent, as according to his mom Lisa, it’ll reduce the agitation he’s feeling and allow him to talk. The injur...

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