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Hello, our names are Travis (Jason s Brother) and Angel (Jason s Sister in Law). We have created this Caring Bridge site to keep the friends and family of Jason Binner aka Lester informed about his recent motor vehicle accident and his journey to recovery.
If you know Jason you know that he is a laid back and fun guy. He lives and works in Kellogg, MN. He enjoys working hard in his HVAC career for Harterts. Jason is a big Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan and enjoys watching his teams and other sports. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his many friends and family.
On Sunday, January 17, 2016 the unthinkable happened. Jason was involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident on highway 61 near Lake City. The accident was a head on collision and involved three vehicles. The passengers in the two other vehicles involved were brought to the Hospital and thankfully did not sustain serious injuries. While we are heartbroken that Jason was seriously injured our family is grateful that the others involved are doing well. Due to the serious extend of the accident and injuries highway 61 was shut down for several hours to recreate the accident and understand what happened.
Jason s vehicle hit a passenger van head on. We thank God that he was wearing a seat belt and his airbag was deployed. Despite these precautions Jason s vehicle was wrecked and he was critically injured in the accident. Unfortunately, Jason had to be extracted from the vehicle and this was a rather long process. It was clear immediately to the EMT staff that Jason had many broken bones, he was bleeding from the mouth, unresponsive and his breathing was extremely labored. Jason was airlifted to St. Mary s Hospital in Rochester, MN. When he arrived at the Hospital he was in very serious condition and sustained potentially life threatening injuries. He lost a lot of blood and was immediately given blood transfusions, he was intubated and many tests were run to determine the extent of his injuries. Jason has many broken ribs, bruising on his lungs, a fractured pelvis, a fractured femur, fractures in his lower lumbar spine from T2 to T5 and many cuts and deep bruises.
Currently, Jason s condition is stable. He is intubated to help him breathe because of his multiple fractured ribs. He had surgery on Monday, January 18, 2016 to install a metal rod to repair his fractured femur. The surgery went well and the physician commented that he already looks more comfortable. Jason will continue to receive extensive medical care and rehabilitation that will likely take many months. This process will be a journey and a fight for Jason. He has a long road ahead of him. At this time he will remain intubated allowing his ribs and lung time to heal so he can comfortably breathe on his own. He is medically sedated but Jason has squeezed the medical professionals hand and even given a thumbs up. Jason has not and will not be alone. His Mother (Carol), Father (Joe) and Travis (Brother) immediately rushed to the Hospital to be with him. Along with the Family, Travis and I plan to visit Jason as regularly as we can to help him and support him in his journey to recovery.
Travis and I feel blessed that this accident did not take Jason s life. The car ride to Rochester awaiting news on his status was the worst two hours of our lives. While we tried to remain positive the unknown is truly terrifying. We are treating each day of Jason s recovery with a positive frame of mind and praying that he progresses and heals quickly and comfortably. When Jason is improving and feeling better we are excited to bring his Nieces and Nephew to visit him. The kids love their Uncle dearly and even given these circumstances anxiously look forward to seeing him. Austin has his toy metal detector ready to scan Uncle Jason s leg and hopefully bring some laughs and smiles to the room.
Many have reached out expressing that they want to help Jason and the Binner Family. Of course, medical bills, expenses and lost wages are going to quickly pile up for Jason. We will likely be starting a fund to help Jason and there will be more to come on this. At this time, we are asking for prayers. Please pray for Jason to heal comfortably and reach his full potential in recovery so he can get his life back as it was. We appreciate everyone that has and continues to pray for Jason and the family and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Words cannot express our gratitude to the Wabasha County Sheriff s Office, Wabasha Police Department, Lake City Police Department, Lake City Fire Department, Lake City Ambulance and Mayo One for saving Jason s life. We greatly appreciate your rapid response and professionalism.You are all the heroes of our family and we will never forget what you did for Jason. We are all comforted knowing that Jason is receiving care at the very best medical facility. The physicians and staff at St. Mary s Hospital have been simply amazing. Thank you for your skills, experience, communication, support and compassion as our Family and Jason embark on his road to recovery.
We would like to thank Jeremy Binner for being there for the family and comforting us into the late hours of the evening. We are grateful for your support in our time of need.
We will use this Caring Bridge site to keep everyone updated. Please feel free to share the link with Jason s many friends and family members.