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Brian’s Story

This is the story of Brian's car accident on 10.9.12. Thank you for praying for him and the family, and please don't stop!

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Brian crashed on his way to school around 9:45 AM on Tuesday morning, October 9, and was found barely alive and seriously injured an hour and 45 minutes later. He was less than 2 miles from his house on a dirt road in Hastings, where he had lost control on the gravel and collided with a large tree, impacting directly on the driver's side door. He was wearing his seat belt and was not texting or talking on his phone.

Rescue personnel arrived at 11:30 and performed a very difficult and lengthy extraction, and they had to cut the roof completely off the Nissan Sentra to get him out. He was airlifted from our church parking lot (St Elizabeth Ann Seton) to Regions Hospital in St Paul. His mother Tina was the first to get the news when three police cruisers showed up at our home around 12:30 PM and told her every parent's worst nightmare: "Brian has been in a serious car accident. He hit a tree and is being airlifted to Regions Hospital in St Paul right now. That's all we know. You need to come to the hospital."  A Hastings officer drover her to the hospital and on the way she called her husband, Dennis, and their oldest son, Phil, who were at a business meeting together in Minneapolis.  

We arrived as Brian was receiving initial CT scans. Within 2 hours he was moved to the Gillette Children's PICU (pediatric intensive care unit).

His injuries:

Multiple fractures in the face and skull
Severe brain trauma (GCS 5)
Deep lacerations and contusions on left arm
Bruised/bleeding lower left lung
Minor damage to his spleen

Brian has no other broken bones. A piece of glass punctured the left side of his neck and cut his carotid sheath but not his artery. His vital signs were very low. The paramedics and rescue team must have had a pit in their stomach when they first saw Brian and must be very proud that they got him out alive.

Brian is in a coma attached to a respirator. We are watching for brain swelling, and we are praying and hopeful. He is young, bright and full of life - God's plan for him hasn't been fulfilled yet!

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Happy Thanksgiving. 

I am thankful for so much this year!

Brian is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota.  His elected major is Technical Writing.  At this time he is doing well and working part-time in Hastings both at the YMCA (on call) and at the local dining establishment Me and Julio's as a dishwasher (on some weekends and holidays).  He is adapting to college living and economic demands pretty well. 

For our health and for the truth of Christ to spread, I remain in His grace and love and I am committed to consecration to the divine heart of mercy.  I pray today for safe travels and for all to share in the beautiful holidays ahead with Thanksgiving in mind.


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Tom Bullington
By Tom Bullington
Brian is a great young man and living proof that miracles happen. Thank God :)
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