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Published November 17, 2009, 08:10 AM

Support for a family that has endured heartache

Christine, ND (WDAY TV) - This weekend, friends and family will gather at a rural Christine, North Dakota church to support a family that has endured more than its share of heartache. This past spring, Wolverton farmer Keith Nelson was struck by a drunk driver.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Christine, ND (WDAY TV) - This weekend, friends and family will gather at a rural Christine, North Dakota church to support a family that has endured more than its share of heartache. This past spring, Wolverton farmer Keith Nelson was struck by a drunk driver. He continues to deal with a brain injury as a result of the crash. It is the second time the family has endured a life-changing accident.

Like many living with traumatic brain injuries, Keith Nelson appears to be doing just fine, but life as he knew it just months ago is no more.

“Complete change in our lives and our children’s lives who have gone from being children to being a caregiver.”

Keith was coming home from his farm work job in May when a drunk driver changed the lives of many forever.

“She went thru the intersection and t-boned him.”

Touch and go days, intensive care, and a head injury that turned a 16 hour a day hard working farmer into someone needing constant care.

“It’s a long road it is hard but we are getting there.”

“Not able to work has to have someone there 24-hours. He may do something that he might forget and may hurt him he may do something that is not safe for him.”

“Memory is so frustrating because we might be talking about something one minute and the next not have a clue.”

The drunk driver? She never served a night in jail, even after the arrest and court sentence.

Would you like that drunk driver to spend a week here?

“Just to see the impact of what she has done and what has been caused because of her drinking and driving.”

It was just four years ago we profiled the Nelsons after a car accident critically injured the three children. Now this, the Nelsons say if North Dakota had stricter laws for bars and drunk driving it would mean fewer drunk drivers and accidents.

“I want to get back to normal some how.”

There will be a benefit for the Nelsons this Saturday at the Eagle Valley Evangelical Free Church in rural Christine, North Dakota. A pancake breakfast and silent auction will be held.

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