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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.

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Sunday, July 26th

We are back from Omaha and boy was that a challenging drive.  It is straight down I29, but it is  at least an 8 hour trip without stops.  Kyle almost ditched us about 1/2 way back..he complained vehemently.  He has never been a lover of long car rides and this down and back within 24 hour trip nearly did him in!!!
The visit at QLI was fascinating.  It is a beautiful facility, designed to specialize in young TBI or spine injury individuals.  I thought the purpose of the visit was to acclimate Kyle to the possibilities of living there, but we soon realized QLI personnel were on a fact-finding mission to determine if Kyle would fit their rehabilitation goals.  They kept stressing that they wanted to be good stewards of WSI monies.  They asked Kyle a lot of questions about his goals, which he answered truthfully and spent time congratulating us on our persistence for Kyle with respect to his current rehab and work-out schedule.  Les and I sometimes felt that we had done too much for Kyle, but no regrets, he is where he is because of the love and dedication of all personnel who have touched his life.  While his rehab. remains a high priority, we tried to stress his need for further socialization, independence with living skills and promoting his realization that he wants to do things independently, were areas of needed growth.  The staff praised Kyle for getting back to work, even if it was very part-time.  Long story-short, we don't know if Kyle's needs match that of QLI's rehab. philosophy.  The admissions team meets this Tuesday and then we should hear.  It is without a doubt an experience that woud be life-changing for Kyle and he is "on-board!"  Either way we will continue to create new experiences, maintain his rehab. interventions and try to promote more independence.  Stay tuned!!
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Daryl & Yvonne Halvorson
By Daryl & Yvonne Halvorson
We will pray that the right things happen!
Sharon Opdahl
By Sharon O
Praying for God's will in this. Looks like a wonderful opportunity to capitalize on all you have already done and provided for Kyle. You guys have been amazing parents!! I pray he is accepted into this program.
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Dottie Nelson
By Dottie Nelson
Right, Debbie---I, too, thought it was a trip whereby Kyle could look over the facilities and decide if he wanted to pursue it or not. Hope they do agree to include him, it would help him so much in developing independence AND adding more social intervention, which would be so helpful to him. Let's hope and pray they make the right choice.
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