Mark Eckerly

First post: May 20, 2017 Latest post: Feb 18, 2018
On Sunday, May 14, 2017 approximately 9:30 pm.  As Rae and I were going to LItchfield to Walmart, Mark was going to Cold Spring to buy a trolling motor. He called me when we were about 10 minutes from Eden Valley and said he had been in an accident. That he was bleeding a lot and that is leg was broken. By hearing the tone of my voice Rae started turning the car around. I asked him if anyone had called 911 and if there was anyone there that could apply pressure to his lower leg. He said that 911 had been called but no one could reach his leg. He told me where he was and that he had to go. Mark & I were suppose to leave Monday morning to meet my sister Ginger and her husband Tom to go fishing in Longville, MN for the week. When Rae & I got to the scene there were emergency people everywhere. Mark had been extracted with the jaws of life from the Chevy Suburban.  They were wheeling him to the ambulance. We got to tell him we loved him before the ambulance left the scene. We got to St Cloud Hospital Emergency Room to a wonderful group of medical professionals. Mark had broke both of the bones in his right lower leg multiple times.Broke his pinky finger, sore ribs and missing scalp, sore left shoulder and a totaled Suburban. But he was ALIVE!!! Rae is going to be fantastic as a doctor some day she was in watching what the medical professionals were doing. She stayed in while they put his leg bone into his skin and bound his foot in the correct position. She took a picture of it for Mark.She was a rock for both of us. He went into surgery and come out at 4:30 am this morning. The picture is of his leg after surgery. The before picture is pretty gross. At this time he was going to be in the hospital for at least 2 to 3 weeks and will be having 2 or more surgeries in the next 7 days.With the diabetes and neuropathy he has this is a very bad situation. All prayers for reduced pain and successful healing are appreciated! It will be months of rehabilitation and probably no driving until Fall. But he will fight to get back on his feet.

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