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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

Thursday, October 23rd

Today was kind of a bittersweet day.  Kyle went to speech and had a really good session and at PT at the Med School, he worked hard and took a few seconds off his sit and stand task that they had him practicing.  He then asked Meredith, the PT instructor if she felt his right leg would ever get better and she replied, "Absolutely, just keep working out and walking..it will get better!"  Kyle was walking on a cloud, now having heard someone tell him he will improve.  He had a wonderful day!
On the flip side, I had to decrease our time in Music Therapy.  We are paying out-of-pocket for a number of therapies, mainly because WSI only feels Altru Rehab is the definitive determination as to whether Kyle will continue therapy.  With all his therapies shutting down at Altru, our efforts to keep him engaged and moving forward means we now have to pay.  You have heard me say that Music Therapy has made a significant difference in his improvement.  He really has and to quit this all together would devastate Kyle, so we will tweak his times and hope we will continue to see progress even though Emily will see him for shorter periods of time.  Last Monday, when I spoke to a UND Speech class, one of the questions asked of me was "Do you think being in a therapy field, you have more knowledge of where to go to continue Kyle's intervention?"  My answer to that was a definitive "Yes!"  Having friends and fellow colleagues in the therapies makes it easier for us to reach out and receive support or get involved in therapies that are offered at places like UND.  I often wonder how difficult it is for those who can't navigate this therapy maze!  For all those that walk this walk with us, we are extremely grateful!!