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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, January 20th

Kyle has settled in to life at home and he seems to be happy.  He still misses some of the people at QLI, especially Nick, but he is adjusting well.  We have had him out driving a little, but to be truthful, driving is difficult for the most mobile of us in the winter. Driving for Kyle is almost impossible with changes in road conditions daily!!  We have gotten him a travel ticket for Dial-a-ride and really need to get that going.  With me working at the store, it is impossible to keep up with his varied transportation needs.  Next week he starts speech therapy, and literacy group. and adds that to his volunteering at City Health and working at Mosquito Control.  He loves his work and feels so fulfilled volunteering at City Health.  He come out of both facilities smiling and always says he had a great couple of hours.  He also volunteers in The Olive Barrel, where he is really quite good with stocking, filling bottles and helping with daily cleaning routines.  
Kyle received an Xbox for Christmas and does Xbox therapy with his brother nearly every night. It is so nice to see him taking an interest in tech-based activities and with equipment such as cell phones and tablets.  He is keeping his daily calendar on his cell phone and is pretty good with setting his alarm to get up each morning.  Baby steps at independence, but we are slowly moving forward!
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Dottie Nelson
By Dottie Nelson
WAY TO GO KYLE. Good Job!!!!