School officers' recovery reaches 4-month mark

Rolando Jimenez

Rolando Jimenez

SUGAR HILL -- Four months after Rolando Jimenez was injured while directing traffic outside Lanier High School, his spirits remain high.

His wife, Melissa, reported on the Facebook page "Get Well Officer Jimenez" that he has shown new bone growth and doctors confirmed on Tuesday that his anterior cruciate ligament would need to be repaired in the coming months.

"The doctor said unfortunately Officer Jimenez's knee will never be the same but the ACL surgery will provide more stability and get him as close to normal as possible," she wrote.

Jimenez, a school resource officer at Lanier, suffered internal bleeding, a broken pelvis and a knee injury when he was struck by a car outside the school on Feb. 13. About two months ago, he left the hospital, and last month was cleared to put weight on his left leg. As part of Jimenez' recovery, some of his equipment at home includes a Grip-master Hand Exerciser, a hand grip and putty.

On Tuesday, his left leg was cleared for full weight bearing status, which also allows him to walk with an unlocked brace, a "huge step," his wife wrote.

"The key to a successful transition is not progressing too quickly and stopping if he feels pain," she wrote. "This may prove to be difficult since Officer Jimenez is eager to get back on his feet."

About a month ago, he was cleared to get in a pool, and wrote on Facebook, "No rough housing with the boys. Who wants to go swimming?"

At his doctor visit on Tuesday, Jimenez' pelvis fractures showed improvement, and two fractures on his right side showed new bone growth, Melissa wrote. An X-ray also showed two visible screws, which were inserted in February, to anchor the lateral collateral ligament.

Also at the visit, Jimenez was fitted for a new, smaller brace, which he should receive in about a week. The current brace covers from the upper thigh to the ankle, and he's worn it for 16 weeks.

As he progresses, Jimenez also receives new rehabilitation plans. Earlier this week, he was to use only crutches for a 48-hour period. The next step would be to try one crutch or a cane, with the overall goal to rebuild muscles in his calf and thigh areas that haven't been used in four months.

Some of the exercises were to use Thera-bands, and an End Range Motion Improvement machine to break up scar tissue in his left knee.

As improvement continues, Jimenez next week could move from Glancy Rehabilitation Center to a more specialized facility to address his knee injury.

"This will be another step in the right direction of Officer Jimenez regaining his life back," his wife wrote.