Dobson hospitalized with broken bones after horseback accident


COLORADO SPRING, Colo. — Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, fractured his clavicle, scapula and several ribs on Sept. 10 after a horseback fall in Montana.

The 75-year-old Dobson, who is now host of Family Talk radio, was enjoying a weekend getaway with his wife, Shirley, their son, Ryan, and several friends at the time of the accident. According to a short posting on the Family Talk website, Dobson was hospitalized in stable condition but was expected to make a full recovery.

On Sept. 12, Dobson's daughter, Danae Dobson, posted an update saying doctors found no internal bleeding or other complications.

"Thank you for your caring messages for my dad, with assurance of your prayers," she wrote. "I am very pleased to report to you that his condition is stable and his spirits are good at this early stage in his recovery."

She added that her father had eaten a hamburger just 24 hours after the accident.

"My dad will remain in the hospital a couple more days before returning home," her statement read. "He will no doubt be in a lot of discomfort in the coming weeks, and would covet your continued prayers as he moves toward a full recovery.

"On behalf of my dad and our entire family, thank you so much for your concern and for your prayers!"

The family psychologist established Family Talk ministry in Colorado Springs with Ryan last year after retiring in February 2010 from Focus on the Family, the Christian-based organization he launched in 1977. The ministry's most prominent asset is the daily 30-minute broadcast of Family Talk radio, designed to bring the biblical worldview to younger audiences.

LuAnne Crane, who co-hosts Dobson's radio program, offered a prayer for his recovery over the air with listeners during the Monday broadcast, the first since his fall.

Jim Daly, Dobson's successor at Focus on the Family, acknowledged Dobson's accident Sunday on his blog, assuring supporters that the Focus team was praying for his quick recovery.

Dobson also founded the Washington-based Family Research Council, a prominent pro-family lobby.

Over the years, Dobson has become a prominent voice for traditional family values and was a major signer to the Manhattan Declaration, a 4,700-word document that speaks in defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty. It was issued as a decree to Christians to adhere firmly to their biblical convictions in three showcased areas. Nearly half a million people have signed the document since it was released in November 2009.

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