It was just last Thursday that Chef Kent “Big Daddy” Rathbun led the fundraising for the annual Signature Chefs Auction at the Hilton Anatole. He was in great spirits raising money for the March of Dimes.
Unfortunately, Kent suffered severe injuries Saturday in West Texas when he, his wife Tracy Rathbun and daughter Garrett Rathbun were thrown from a Polaris vehicle. Luckily Tracy and Garrett were just shaken up. However, Kent had to be careflighted to Odessa ICU late Saturday night and then airlifted to Parkland Sunday.
According to reports, he suffered a punctured kidney, a fractured vertebrae and 22 broken ribs that resulted in fluids building up in his lungs. The goal is to clear the lungs, so surgeons can repair the damage to his back.
Luckily, the conditions were improving this morning. According to D Magazine’s Nancy Nichols, Tracy’s business partner Lynae Fearing reported, “Kent is conscious and blowing into a device that measure his lungs. They feel that if they can get the lungs cleared today, they will do the back surgery tomorrow.”
At this point Kent and the family need prayers and positive thoughts. Hold the phone calls and visits until things calm down. For updates, the Rathbuns are requesting that you check Caring Bridge.
Update: Here’s proof that Kent is very conscious and his sense of humor hasn’t been hurt one bit.