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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, August 21st, 2015

I am staying up late tonight so I can post this journal update.  As many of you know from my Facebook post this morning, today marks the 2nd anniversary of Kyle and Jonathon's accident.  As I posted my Facebook entry this a.m., I was filled with a burst of memories that left me rather sad and melancholy.  I spent some of the early morning lamenting all that Kyle has lost, when in reality I should have been concentrating on all he has gained over the past two years.  He is able to walk, without any aid, his speech, although not perfect is about 80+% intelligible, he is excited about the possibility of driving, which will afford him a good deal of independence and he has worked all summer back with his friends and colleagues at Mosquito Control. Thank you Eric, Todd and GF City  Health Dept.  You have no idea how much getting back to work meant to him!  He is excited about what lies ahead of him and wants to continue to push himself for more progress.  He never complains about working out, even when it involves his PT helper Sergeant Dan and he loves his therapies at UND CSD and the PT dept. at UND.  His music therapist, Emily, wrote a paper about his progress for her Grad class and is astounded by how much motor progress Kyle has made in a year!!  There are so many more blessings then there are reasons for feeling blue.  I am so proud of the man Kyle has become!!
We are still waiting to hear whether Kyle will be going to QLI in Omaha to broaden his independence and to push forward motorically and in speech.  He is on-board and looking forward to the possibilities of even greater progress being made in Omaha.  The WSI (Workmen's Comp) people meet on August 24th to determine if they will subsidize his stay.  Les and I remain a bit confused about this as we thought their approaching us in June meant that they were ready to go "full speed ahead" and all we had to do was set a date.  We wait anxiously to know what the outcome will be regarding Kyle's admissions.  So prayer warriors, if you have a bit of time can you send up a prayer that Kyle will be able to be "deployed" to Omaha to fine tune all the progress he has made thus far!!! From all of us, thank you for 2 years of well wishes, encouragement and kindness.  It's been a tough, but very rewarding journey!!
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Sharon Opdahl
By Sharon Opdahl
Praying that Kyle will be accepted into this program in Omaha!!
Mike Brue
By Mike Brue -- NDAD
"I am so proud of the man Kyle has become!!" Those words struck me most -- quite a compliment, considering how striking your post was in its entirety, Deb. Put in perspective, Kyle's journey and accomplishments seem in some ways superhuman, yet they very much demonstrate what we ordinary humans might do if we just set our minds to it. How much more would each of us be as men and women had we put in efforts equal to Kyle's the past two years to be the very we can be? It's no small tribute, too, to the invaluable support he's received, notably from his family. Thanks for your example, Kyle. You're more than an inspiration. You're a leader.
Steven Hannah
By Steve Hannah
So glad to see Kyle's continued progress!
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Doug Langer
Kyle is most certainly an inspiration to us all and yes prayers for Kyle and his family.
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Twyla Bartel
By Twyla Bartel
I surely will be praying for the Omaha thing to be a "go". Kyle has worked so hard -- he has certainly proved he would be a great, hard-working candidate for such an opportunity for further therapy.

I, too, was thinking about this "anniversary" this morning -- and praising God that He saw fit to spare our sons lives that morning. It still amazes me to think that they were hit by a train and lived!

I think of you guys often, and pray for Kyle's continued recovery.
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