Teen hurt in Napa quake: I thought I was paralyzed

A teen is recovering at the UC Davis Medical Center after being seriously injured by falling bricks during the Napa earthquake Sunday.

Nicholas Dillon, 13, said he was hanging out with a friend during a sleep over at his house when the 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Napa Valley region around 3:30 a.m.

"I felt the first jolt of the earthquake," Dillon said. "I spun around and I yelled."

Nicholas' pelvis was fractured in several places when part of a fireplace collapsed onto him while he was sleeping on a mattress in his family's living room. He said he was facing the chimney when the earthquake struck.

Nicholas said he started crawling away from the chimney after the earthquake woke him up, but the bricks fell on top of him.

"I just remember crawling, crawling," Nicholas said. "I thought I was paralyzed."

Dillon was rushed to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa and later transferred to the medical center in Sacramento. There, Nicholas underwent 10 hours of surgery to repair his broken pelvis.

Doctors told Nicholas he won't be able to walk for six months, but he is hoping he can beat that and start walking in four months.

Dillon said he is grateful for all the help he has been given by medical staff, neighbors and friends.


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