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Oct 2, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. ------------------------------------------------- Friday, September 21, 2018, began typically for Paul. He was helping a friend with a minor repair project on a storage shed roof. Paul was on the ladder, it slipped as he was reaching for a piece of tin, and he air-cartwheeled to the ground. We think he landed on his head/neck/shoulder and was unable to move. The ambulance arrived on the scene in minutes to revive Paul, stabilize him, and transport him to Riverview ER. A CT scan showed that C7 and T1 vertebrae broke and he needed a neurologist's care. He was again transported by ambulance to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.,where an MRI revealed the severity of the breaks and the spinal cord thinning. Dr. Eickman explained the surgical procedure that Paul needed and began the four hour surgery around 10 p.m.Throughout surgery, Paul's vital signs were good. Sue, and daughters Jessica Moland and Amy Dwyer, were at the hospital throughout the surgery. Following surgery, he was moving his arms and eyelids, which gave us all great hope.