Lowell Tangen Lowell Tangen

First post: Apr 28, 2020 Latest post: May 8, 2020
On April 26th, Lowell somehow fell coming out of a loader.  He landed on his lower back.  Initially he thought it was just shock from the fall but it quickly became apparent it was more serious.  The ambulance took him to Queen of Peace in New Prague where a CAT scan showed a burst L1 vertebrae. There is no damage to the spinal cord, but one piece of bone was 6 mm into the spinal column. From there he was moved to Mayo Clinic in Rochester where in addition to the fractured vertebrae a MRI found compressed nerves on his spine.

To make things more difficult, the arrival of COVID19 has kept the hospitals on lockdown so none of us, even Marsha, have been able to see him since the accident and won't until he his discharged.  We can text with him and call him, but it seems so unfair he has to be in the hospital alone.