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Peyton Manning calls family of Dickinson woman after her motorcycle injury

When Carlos Romero first took a phone call from Peyton Manning, he thought someone was playing a joke on him. It would only take him a few more moments, however, to realize the former NFL quarterback great was actually on the line.

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Savannah Romero, left, and her husband Carlos are pictured in their Broncos gear. The family recently received a phone call from Peyton Manning after Savannah was severely injured in a motorcycle accident on March 6. (Submitted photo)

When Carlos Romero first took a phone call from Peyton Manning, he thought someone was playing a joke on him. It would only take him a few more moments, however, to realize the former NFL quarterback great was actually on the line.

“When I answered the phone and he said who he was, I didn’t 100 percent believe him,” Romero said. “I thought it was a joke. But then after a bit I asked, ‘Peyton?’ and he said, ‘Yeah this is Peyton Manning.’”

The recently retired Manning was calling to give his support to Carlos’ wife, Savannah, who had been severely injured in a motorcycle accident 10 miles west of Belfield on March 6.

Savannah was originally airlifted to CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck by Valley Med Flight helicopter, but she then had to be transported to Swedish Medical Center in Denver on March 22 for a more advanced procedure.

Carlos said Manning talked to him and his family for about 10 minutes and told them he was praying for them and hoped Savannah would pull through soon.


In a video of the call, Manning can be heard saying to Savannah, “I just want you to know you’ve been in my thoughts and prayers. … I know you’re going through a tough fight right now, but you’ve got a lot of people pulling for you and praying for you. You’ve been a big supporter and fan of mine, and I just wanted you to know I’m a big fan and I’m pulling for you.”

Carlos said the couple are “huge” Denver Broncos fans, who even try to make it out to a game or two every season. He said he originally had no idea how the call even happened, but later learned the mother of his daughter’s friend was able to get in touch with people who knew Manning.

He said the call couldn’t have come at a better time. He said the family had just learned of a blood clot in Savannah’s brain only minutes before, which left everyone feeling down.

“At the time, everyone was just kind of down in the gutter,” Carlos said. “But that call just boosted everybody. It was kind of inspiring. It’s nice knowing everyone’s praying for Savannah, even someone as big as he is.”

He said just knowing Manning is supporting and praying for his wife is comforting in itself.

Carlos said that Savannah is now in what doctors are calling a “semi-conscious state,” which means she has slightly more brain activity, can follow some commands, and even opens one eye now and then.

“My wife is fighting her heart out,” he said. “She’s not going to quit.”

Stephanie Arthaud, of Dickinson, a friend of the Romeros for around three years, said if and when Savannah wakes up, she will be happy to hear about the phone call.


“She’s going to be so thrilled,” Arthaud said. “She’ll be absolutely ecstatic. It just shows that he’s a stand-up guy. He’s just really classy to take time out of his day to do that.”

Arthaud recently started a  GoFundMe.com  page for the family, which has raised more than $6,000 in just over two weeks. She said she wanted to help support Carlos and his children, 12-year-old Jada and 9-year-old Braxton, because Savannah is always one of the first people to help someone else out.

“She’s going to have such a long road head,” Arthaud said. “But there are so many people supporting and praying for her. She’s not alone. There are so many people to help her fight the fight.”

Carlos said the community support has been incredible for his family and that it means a lot to him that even people like Peyton Manning are showing their support for his wife.

“All the support from the community, family, friends has just been amazing,” Carlos said. “I’m really grateful and thankful for all of it. It’s been a roller coaster here lately, but the support we’ve received is just amazing.”

To donate to the GoFundMe go to  www.gofundme.com/c3t6ehek .

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