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Published November 17, 2011, 11:52 AM

Tree falls on SD teen hunter, breaking his back

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A teenager from the eastern South Dakota town of Hayti will be spending about a month in a spine rehabilitation center in Colorado after breaking his back while bowhunting.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A teenager from the eastern South Dakota town of Hayti will be spending about a month in a spine rehabilitation center in Colorado after breaking his back while bowhunting.

Tyler Taschner was hunting two weeks ago when he was hit by a falling tree. It broke eight ribs, snapped his spine and stretched his spinal cord. He had surgery at a Sioux Falls hospital but has no feeling below his chest.

The Hamlin High School senior tells KELO-TV (http://bit.ly/uvtTL8 ) that doctors have painted a grim picture, saying that when a spine gets stretched there's not much they can do. But he says "miracles do happen."

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