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On Monday, February 4, Jerry was getting ready to go volunteer and drive a patient to Rochester for her series of appointments. It was a very icy morning in Red Wing, so he went outside to put sand on the driveway. Mom (Mary) was inside the house getting ready to join him for the trip. No one saw what happened but it is clear that he slipped on the ice, falling and hitting the back of his head on the pavement. A girl walking her dog found him and went home to get her Dad. They came back and helped him up just as Mom was coming out to check on him. Mom started asking him questions and he could answer them at first but as a few minutes passed, he became disoriented and couldn't remember what day of the week it was, significant names, etc. Mom called 911 and he was transported to the ER in Red Wing, where they quickly decided he needed to be transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. The helicopter wasn't available so they took him by ambulance. Initial X-Rays and CT scans showed he fractured his skull and suffered a severe trauma to the front left side of his brain.
We (Mary, Kathy, Sandi, and Kip) are with him in the Neuro ICU.