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Kyle’s Story

As most of you know Wednesday morning Kyle and a coworker were hit by a train while protecting Grand Forks from mosquitoes. Kyle would tell the story with a most funny, exaggerated version...I will tell it with just the facts! We will get his version later! At about 8:30 yesterday, August 21, Kyle and Jonathon were out just west of the Industrial park, when they crossed a railroad track. Unknown to both of them, there was a train on the tracks  and although whistles were blown, neither of them heard the noise and proceeded to cross. From there it is a bit sketchy..we don't really who was driving, however both both boys were found still strapped in the vehicle according to first responders. Both boys were rushed to Altru, where life-saving triage began immediately.  Kyle had to have surgery for internal bleeding and a head injury. He also has a collapsed lung and bruised vertebrae and ribs.  His ocular socket is broken on the right eye. Please pray for Kyle ! I will update as time and circumstances allow!

Addendum: After much discussion with police and first responders, as well as Les and Scott's visit to the accident site, it appears that Kyle was driving.  Circumstances such as morning sun, trees that partially obscure tracks in the area,  the noise of the Kubota and the fact that ear protection may have been used as per procedure through mosquito control, may all have contributed to this accident.

Latest Journal Update

Wednesday, October 22nd

Kyle had a good day today. He had speech with Ali and she reported to me that his speech is getting clearer with regards to the voicing of consonants.  She said the /k/ and /g/ were getting more spontaneously produced.  His air flow and sustained vowel and consonant times are increasing which means his breath support is stronger.  After speech, he went to Altru to work out his legs.  His OT looks at his record of using the fitness center to improve his strength and when she sees him she does look back on his independent efforts at the center.  The Literacy group met today and they continued to explore the mystery of Sam Westings death.  This week we read about 2 bombs that were set at Sunshine Terrace, home of all the characters vying for the $200,000 million inheritance of Sam Westing.  To do that they must solve his murder and be the last one standing in the Westing Game!!!