Bad News For Friends and Family of Orinda Teen Caught In Sand Tunnel Collapse

Ryan Buchanan's father Bret writes that his son's prognosis is not good. Doctors told the family Ryan will likely remain in a "perpetual vegetative state."

Bret Buchanan, father of the 17-year-old Orinda teen trapped when a sand tunnel he was building with others fell in on him, wrote Tuesday that doctors predicted his son would remain in a "perpetual vegetative state."

"...we learned from the neurolgist that Ryan is considered to be in a perpetual vegetative state; which for all intents and purposes means he will not regain any voluntary motion," Bret Buchanan wrote in a blog updating friends and relatives on the condition of his son, Ryan, who just completed his junior year at Miramonte High School in Orinda.

On June 25, Ryan was unearthed from a sand tunnel he and others were digging at  Sunset State Beach during a church outing to Sunset State Beach near Watsonville. First responders said he was connecting two deep sand holes with a tunnel when the sand fell in on him, trapping him underground for more than 10 minutes as friends, lifeguards and passersby dug frantically to extricate him.

lori atmaine July 20, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Bad news yes but you can overcome it. We have a family member in a similar state after a bad accident and while it is trying and very hard at times, your love will shine through. We are keeping you in our thoughts.
Chris Nicholson July 21, 2011 at 01:46 AM
@Mark: Ouch. Why the hate? I read Lori's comment as generic positivity, not offensive paternalism. This accident happened not far (200 yards) from where we were staying at the beach recently and we have followed the blog closely. Unthinkably terrible situation already, and I fear more hard times/choices ahead for the family. I hope they find a way to cope and move on with life. As an aside, you might want to look a #2 and #5: http://lamorinda.patch.com/articles/pool-rules-for-wading-in-our-comment-stream
Eliz July 21, 2011 at 03:36 PM
I found Lori's comment supportive.
lori atmaine July 21, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Hi and thanks for coming to my aid Chris and Eliz. I may have mangled my message but it was only intended with care for an obviously loving family with some hard work ahead of them. And we've been there so perhaps my emotion altered my message. I was going to take it down out of fear I'd said something wrong but then I saw the complaining poster put up some strange followup posts and was probably off center himself. So nothing but love for this family and my good thoughts for them stand.


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