Taxi crash victim update

Surgeons said Tuesday the woman who almost lost her leg in Saturday's horrific incident in the Gaslamp District is doing well, but that it will be years before it's certain the leg has been saved. KUSI's Ed Lenderman was among those briefed at UCSD Medical Center and reports on the latest.

Three days after the incident, much of the aftermath's focus is on Dominique Gambale and the doctors at UCSD Medical Center who are trying to save her limb.

When Dominique Gambale, a 45-year-old Encinitas wife and mother of two, was brought to UCSD Medical Center early Saturday morning, it was touch and go as to whether her lower right leg could be saved.

Just before 2am, a taxi-cab had veered into a crowd of people outside a popular Gaslamp nightclub. Gambale was the most seriously injured of the 35 victims of the crash, but three days later, her Chief Orthopedic Surgeon, Doctor Paul Girard says he's cautiously optimistic that the leg can be saved.

As James Gambale stood off to the side, Doctor Girard said Dominique's injury involves multiple breaks in the lower leg bones, “she still has a very large open wound, soft tissue, that will recover coverage from a muscle transfer from someone else her in body, beyond that she'll require at least two more surgeries to fix the bone defect, because there's bone missing from her limb at this time.”

Girard says Dominique is in good spirits, optimistic, but realistic about what lies ahead. Two years at the very least says Girard, but the risk of deep infection and possible amputation can involve 8 to 12 years.

Also in Gambale's favor is good nerve function in her leg and normal blood flow. She's had two surgeries so far, she'll have at least one, possibly two more this week.

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