My son crushed his ankle in Denver, many years ago. There is little that is worse than a crush. He was taken to a Denver hospital where they were going to fuse the ankle which would have immobilized the ankle, preventing him for skiing, bike riding or any activity requiring the bending of his ankle. It would have drastically altered his life forever. With that news, he got out of bed, crushed ankle and all, signing out against medical advice and high tailed it back home to Vail where they fixed his ankle. It was a tough case but they did it! Today, nearly 20 yrs later, he is back in the hospital, with a broken tibia, that broke just above the metal plates that have been holding his ankle together for the past 20 yrs. The Steadman Clinic surgeon fixed the tibia last night for a second time. It is an amazing place with amazing medical/surgical professionals. Cream rises to the top. Vail Valley is 8,120 ft above sea level! Thank you all from the bottom of this mom's grateful heart!