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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

Friday, March 20th

Today is Kyle's 30th birthday and we are still so in awe of the fact that he is with us and doing so well!!  It was a very good day as days go.  We started with a visit to Dr. Belville's office.  He is the physiatrist that oversees Kyle's therapies and well being.  He also (along with Dr. Eickman) has been helping us manage the WSI maze that at times gets very tiring and seems to have hurdles to jump at every necessary request we make for Kyle.  After the visit with Dr. Belville, Kyle had a session with Jane Loscheider, his OT at Altru.  She is willing to try to help Kyle reestablish his driving ability and with that comes a little more independence and another step toward normal.  While she did say that her biggest concern is his reaction time and that she wasn't willing to place anyone in an unsafe situation, she did say that she has had other patients that have successfully returned to driving.  There are NO promises, but she said if he wasn't ready at this time, she would try again at a later time and this made Kyle very pleased.  Now all we have to do is get WSI to okay more visits with Jane.  Wish us luck peeps!!  
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Daryl & Yvonne Halvorson
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Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear KYLE
We're so proud of you!!!!!!
Daryl & Yvonne
Mike Brue
By Mike Brue - NDAD
Hope you had a terrific birthday, Kyle! Great to see you the other day duringlunch.
Brenda Hanson
By Brenda Hanson