A simple accident can be deadly

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   Posted 3/16/2007 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
My nephew who is in his mid 50s was in a storage area and somehow lost his balance.  In trying to break his fall he landed on an old toilet which broke into pieces with his landing.  A chard went into his upper thigh at the juncture of his cheek, severing the sciatic nerve, some other nerves and evidently an artery.  He had his cell phone in his pocket and was able to punch #1 speed dial which would call his inlaws who live next door.  Only they weren't home but miles away.  They called his wife and she called the ambulance.  Meanwhile my nephew successfully used some binding tape to make a tourniquet and stop the bleeding.  He said he was glad he had been a Boy Scout.  He managed to stay alert until the EMTs got him into the ambulance and on the way to the local hospital, where he was care flighted to a Pittsburgh Hospital. 
When my sister in law finally talked to him, he told her the pain was horrible, but no way did he want the local paper headlines to read "Local Man Dies in Freak Accident with a Toilet."  I can just see him joking about his close call.  They were able to reattach the sciatic nerve but said it would be at least two years before he will have any feeling in his leg.  He has to wear a brace, but right now he is still flat on his back because lifting his leg just three inches is so terribly painful.
You just never know, do you, what might happen.  MK

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   Posted 3/16/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh MK, I am so sorry to hear this. You really just never know. Thank goodness he was able to handle it. How long will he be in the hospital? Keep us informed. Best wishes and hugs. Joyce
How wonderful it would be to see Angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see clouds where there are Angels.

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   Posted 3/16/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, what a terrible situation! Glad he had some ability to save his leg and his life, even in such pain.

Wish him well from us...

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   Posted 3/17/2007 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   

So sorry to hear this MK.  If it is one thing it another.  But....I am glad to hear he still has his sense of humor and that they were able to help him.  I will keep him and his family in my prayers for a quick recovery and healing.




Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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   Posted 3/20/2007 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad he has some sence of humor too.  I'm so sorry he is in pain.  I just don't consider a toilet breaking.  They do seem so solid,  That must have been a surprise to have it break like that.  I'm glad he was a boy scout too.  Maybe I'll keep Matthew in another year. 
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
Don't knock on Death's Door.  Ring the bell and run.  He hates that.


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