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Published November 17, 2013, 07:47 PM

Local ND residents are connecting and supporting each other at Craig Hospital in Denver

Denver, CO (WDAY TV) - Earlier this week, we brought you the story of two courageous people from Fargo continuing their recovery from life changing accidents they suffered this past summer.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Denver, CO (WDAY TV) - Earlier this week, we brought you the story of two courageous people from Fargo continuing their recovery from life changing accidents they suffered this past summer.

12 people from North Dakota have been at Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado this past month alone.

“I want you to think about trying to bend your elbow and your mouth.”

You won't find this at every hospital.

Craig Hospital CEO, Mike Fordyce walking around greeting patients by name, checking on their rehab status.

Mike Fordyce/Craig Hospital CEO: “It comes down to culture, you have been here for a few days and I hope you have noticed this is not like a hospital, and the reality is people come to us with tough injuries and it is not a 24 hour stay.”

Today, Fargo's Jason Larkin is all million dollar man, using robotics as part of his rehab journey. It is slow, frustrating work,

“It is tougher, your triceps are weak but we are going to build on those.”

But he slowly moves on, these baby steps and little wins that are part of his road to recovery.

Fordyce: “It is more about education than physical medicine, we are teaching people to do everything they used to do just differently.”

Jason is one of a dozen North Dakota patients here at Craig Hospital in Denver, trying to recover and start life over following life changing accidents. And they have found support in each other. For example, Jason is next door to Fargo's Lexi Bolstad.

Jason Larkin/Patient at Craig Hospital “We are all going through the same things, so it is nice to make those friendships and it has helped tremendously.

The Bolstad’s leaned on the family of Ethan Parmer who has been here and gone after his rehab continuing his recovery back in Fargo following a summer diving accident.

Jon Bolstad/Lexi’s Dad: “And his dad Steve, was like a tour guide for us, he filled us in on everything that was here and available to us. It made it so easy.”

These ND families here in Denver have become cheerleaders for each other, leaning on each other during this chaotic unplanned time in their lives.

Audrey Natale/Physical Therapist-Craig: “That peer mentorship, and orientation that we give them as well, but it is different coming from them, the same playing filed family to family and patient to patient.”

“Go, go, go. Nice job, nice job. Keep that shoulder down.”

Sure the state of the art and science based rehab and therapy is what gets these patients on the road to recovery, but for the North Dakotans out here in Denver right now, some connections from home, sure help on the journey.

Tuesday at ten, hear how volunteers are engineering fishing rods and hunting rifles for patients at Craig Hospital, so they can still enjoy their favorite sports.

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