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Recovery is 'remarkable'


Teen injured in farm accident moves ahead on long road to recovery



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Kaleb Parsch
November 14, 2007
GOODLAND TWP. — Family and friends of 14 year-old Kaleb Parsch are thrilled to report that the teen is making good progress just a week after he was seriously injured on the family farm.

"He's made remarkable progress so far," Kaleb's aunt, Nancy Parsch, said.

Tomorrow (Nov. 15) he's slated for surgery to address the multiple fractures on his face. He's already had both his arms successfully repaired by surgeons. Blood vessels from his leg were transplanted into his left arm to bypass the damaged ones.

On Friday, he was taken off a ventilator and moved out of the intensive care unit on Saturday. The following day, he managed to eat some solid food—ice cream and mashed potatoes. On Monday, he took a wheelchair ride and was given new exercises by his physical therapist.

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Thanks to the regular updates posted on Kaleb's Care Page, family, friends and schoolmates have been able to track his progress daily.

At the same time, they continue to leave encouraging messages. As of Tuesday, there were more than 400 well wishes. People from the community have also stepped up to help in numerous ways—bringing meals to the family, donating blood in Kaleb's honor and offering rides.

Most touching is the work of a good Samaritan who wishes to remain anonymous. He and a small crew are in the process of finishing a lean-to on the Parsch's barn that Kaleb and his dad, Louis, and brother, Seth, had been working on at the time of the accident.

Using a PTO-powered post hole auger, the father and son were digging post holes for the lean-to when Kaleb's jacket got tangled in the auger and he was drawn into the spinning PTO shaft. While Louis worked to free Kaleb, Seth ran to call 911.

Lapeer County EMS, the Goodland Twp. Fire Department and Michigan State Police responded to the Parsch residence on Kohler Rd. Kaleb was airlifted by Saginaw Flight Care to Hurley Medical Center in Flint before being transferred to Ann Arbor.

The lean-to is to house Kaleb's cattle for the winter. He also raises sheep, horses and chickens which the family traditionally brings to Goodland Twp.'s Country Fair Days every summer as a petting zoo.

"We just can't believe the outpouring of care and concern from the community," grandfather Bob Zgnilec said.

Nancy said that regular updates on Kaleb's condition will continue to be posted, particularly since he's not up to having visitors yet.

To access Kaleb's Care page, visit www.carepages.com, become a member and search for kparsch.

Contact Maria Brown at mbrown@pageone-inc.com or 810-724-2615.

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