On Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, Eunice and Patrick Powers were heading home from the grocery store. They were travelling West on Highway 77 in the median between the North and Southbound lanes of Highway 53. While the exact details after that are unclear, we do know the front passenger tire of their vehicle was struck by a truck heading South on 53. This impact swung them around, at which point they were struck by another truck in the rear of their vehicle. The impact of these two trucks injured both Eunice and Patrick greatly.
They were brought directly to the hospital in Spooner, Wisconsin to meet a helicopter. The were then transported to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Upon arrival, they were treated in the emergency department by the amazing staff of North Memorial. Both were sent for x-rays and moved to the ICU.
Both have been in the ICU since Wednesday evening. Patrick sustained injuries to his head and vertebrae, with several scrapes throughout his body. Eunice sustained injuries to her head and throughout her body. Both were sedated, put on machines to assist with breathing, and have been on pain medication until Thursday.
On Thursday, the 8th, the ICU determined that Patrick could be taken off of sedation and the breathing machine. Pat opened his eyes and looked at those of us in the ICU, (Kathleen, Alicia, Margo, and Lisa), and waved his hand at us. He struggled somewhat with breathing and had quite a bit of "crud" in his lungs. On Friday, the 9th, stomach issues and low oxygen meant Patrick needed to be put back on the breathing machines. He has been having some blood pressure and stomach issues since the accident.
Also on Thursday, the ICU determined that Eunice could be taken off of sedation. After several hours, she had not waken up. The next step in an effort to get someone to wake up is to take them off of pain medicine. She did not respond to that either. On Thursday night, Eunice opened her eyes once: we are hopeful this is a sign! She has not woken up yet, so we are hoping that her body is just trying to recover itself. She has "several painful injuries" according to one of the doctors we spoke to and it will be a long road of recovery for her.
As of Saturday, the 10th, doctors are discussing the possibility of removing both of their breathing tubes. Patrick continues to have issues with his heart, (an issue before the accident), so they are closely monitoring that.
They are both in ICU at North Memorial in Robbinsdale. At this time, we ask that friends respect their need for rest. We will keep everyone updated as much as we possibly can through this site. We know we have an incredible team of prayer warriors and need every prayer you can muster right now!
We owe a special thank you to the Barrett family who were not only first responders to their accident, but have been very helpful in taking care of Spud and helping us with getting information from their homes. Thank you Jay and Debbie!