All decked out and ready for the Fur Ball with his bow tie!

Nels Hadden

First post: Jan 27, 2009 Latest post: Feb 13, 2023
On January 26, 2009, Nels stopped to assist the victim of a rollover accident. After helping her to safety, he was setting flares when another driver lost control of her car on the ice and hit him. This is his recovery story, and we are grateful that there is one to tell.

After two months in Trauma ICU at Legacy Emmanual Hospital in Portland, Or, Nels was transferred to Craig Hospital were he spent 10 of the 11 months in bed healing a pressure sore and many of the bones that were broken from the accident

The journal now begins with the accident. Click "Read My Story" for more information

Betsy "blogged" on facebook from the very beginning, giving details of all that was happening and what she was thinking as the days progressed. At first, Nels' very survival was in doubt, as most of his bones and major organs were damaged from the impact.

Those that are interested in the details will find them by reading the journal. I have included all of Betsy's posts and some of the many news articles.

Be sure to read the latest in the journal, view the photo gallery, and drop us a line in the guestbook.


Nels and Betsy are now home in Walla Walla, Washington

News Accounts

There have been many newspaper articles, editorials, and other news stories done about Nels since the accident. The best way to see these is to google "Nels Hadden" and follow the links from your search. I have found that many of the links "time out" if I try to get to them from a posted link, but they still work from a google search. I have also posted many of them within the journal, on the date they were published.


You may email Betsy at or 

Nels at

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