A young man's journey since a Thanksgiving rollover has amazed those around himFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A young man from Clearbrook, Minnesota may leave Fargo's Sanford Hospital this week, after a journey that has amazed physicians, therapists--even himself.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A young man from Clearbrook, Minnesota may leave Fargo's Sanford Hospital this week, after a journey that has amazed physicians, therapists--even himself.
25-year old Chris Paulson suffered paralyzing injuries after a Thanksgiving rollover on a remote Northern Minnesota road.
He spent the night trapped, without feeling below the waist.
That's when perseverance kicked in.
“Did you do those exercises over the weekend?”
In just two months, Chris Paulson has watched his body transform.
His story is truly amazing because of how Chris got here.
Chris Paulson/Recovering from Accident: “I was trapped in the truck, pinned and I spent the night in the truck.”
Trapped, alone in a crashed pickup, he was not only paralyzed, he was on a remote road in the middle of no-where, his cell phone lost in the wreck, that is when he remembered he had an old phone in his glove compartment.
Paulson: “It was a disconnected phone but it will still work to call 911”
Dr. William Klava/Sanford Rehab Physician: “This is incredible, this is one of those that there is no way the books predicted in any way shape or form.”
EMS came on scene,Chris life-flighted to Fargo where Sanford Neurosurgeons operated on his spine.
That was two months ago.
Today, the 25-year old who had no feeling from the waist down, is not only moving,
And again, this was a very bad injury.
He is walking and will head home this week.
Leah Baker/Sanford Phys. Therapist: “That is a big piece You have to have the motivation and the drive, and hard work to make those gains and Chris has had that throughout the process”.
Paulson: “It has always been intense. It is like starting over.”
It has not been easy. The shy and quiet man says he was determined from day one to overcome adversity.
Tough, hard to get used to not using your legs.
But few predicted this kind of progress so quickly.
“His attitude has been so good. Not Pollyanna, "I am going to do this no matter what." But instead, doing the best he can with whatever is presented to me. And he has been amazing.”
Chris will continue with his therapy in Bemidji, which is just over two hours from his home in Clearbrook, Minnesota.