By Jeff Chew
Peninsula Daily News
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Huber, 71, who frequently rides with a group of biking friends on Burnt Hill in the Olympic foothills south of Sequim, took a tumble off his bike on a steep hill a week ago Thursday, said his wife, Patty McManus, on Saturday.
Airlifted to hospital
He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he spent two days in intensive care before he was discharged.
He returned to Harborview on Thursday for jaw surgery and will soon receive two dental implants, McManus said, adding that he will be wearing a neck brace for the next few weeks.
“He’s in good shape, and he’s healthy,” McManus said. “I have every confidence he will recover.
“The doctors were very, very grateful that he’s in such good shape.”
Huber was at his home Saturday in the Dungeness area to the north of downtown Sequim and was able to walk around, she said.
“He now has a titanium plate in his jaw — it matches his bike,” McManus quipped.
She credited Huber’s biking buddy Ron Thompson, who has taken a wilderness survival course, with assisting Huber.
She said Thompson directed other riders with the group to guide rescuers with Clallam County Fire District No. 3, based in Sequim, to the scene.
“We are grateful to him,” McManus said of Thompson.
“He was able to stabilize Nash.”
Kia Armstrong, marketing manager at Nash’s Organic Produce, was collecting signatures on butcher paper Saturday at Nash’s booth at the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts in Port Angeles for a get-well card.
McManus said she expects her husband to hop back on his bike after he recovers.
“He is in good shape because he rides his bike,” she said.
Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Jeff Chew can be reached at 360-681-2390 or at email@example.com.