Following a pedestrian accident in Peru Oct. 22, junior Ben Bridges is in "stable but serious" condition after undergoing surgery, according to several emails sent out to campus organizations he's involved in. Bridges is studying abroad in the South American country this semester.
Bridges sustained severe injuries in the accident, and an Oct. 23 surgery was said to be successful. By the morning of Oct. 24, Bridges was "awake, responsive, and moving his limbs," according to an email sent to select student organizations by Jana Lynn Patterson, associate vice president for Student Life and dean of Student Health and Wellness.
The exact circumstances of the accident and the injuries Bridges sustained are unclear. Elon University administrators waited until Bridges' parents were notified before alerting students. As of publication, a notification had not been sent out to all of campus.
It's unclear where in Peru Bridges was at the time of the accident. The junior is an Honors Fellow, a member of New Student Orientation's Head Staff program and a Lumen Scholar. Within the Honors Fellow program, Bridges is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellow, a full tuition scholarship awarded to one fellow each year who exemplifies global engagement and service.
In the email, Patterson said those wishing to send a card or note can bring it to the Office of Student Health and Wellness, where it will be forwarded to the Bridges family.