Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ben's Story

On Wednesday, October 19th, Ben Johnson had a motorcycle accident in south Grand Forks, ND that resulted in a severed spinal column (between T5 and T6). As well he suffered from two broken ribs, minor lacerations, two small perferations in his left lung. He was transferred via air to the Hennepin County Medical Center where he is presently being treated.
Ben's senior picture
He has full use of his arms and hands as well as strong respiratory function. He has no feeling or movement below mid-chest.

Ben has been accepted to receive rehab treatment at Craig Hospital in Denver, CO.  For the last number of years Craig Hospital has been listed in the top ten rehab centers in the United States.  They specialize in spinal cord injuries and treat approximately 300 patients each year.  We are very excited for Ben and the possibilities that await him there.
The plan is for Ben and Mary (Ben's mother & my cousin) to travel via air ambulance from Minneapolis to Denver this coming Wednesday.  Nathan, Ben's dad, will be following on a commercial flight.  The average rehab time is between 4-8 weeks.
Pray that all goes well up til Wednesday and that the travel goes well too.


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