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Man's arms reattached after accident North Dakota farmer recovering in Minn.
I’m surprised this hasn’t been posted yet.

Quote:ST. PAUL, Minn. -- An 18-year-old North Dakota man whose arms were severed in a farm accident and who then sat in a bathtub so he wouldn't bleed on his mother's carpet is recovering this week after surgeons reattached his limbs.

If everything continues to improve for John Thompson, whose surgery at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn., took place Saturday, his will be one of the few successful double arm reattachments in U.S. history.


Infection will be a major concern for five to 10 days, hospital spokeswoman Maggie Drury said. But circulation in both arms is good, and Mr. Thompson has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, she said.

The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Mr. Thompson was alone grinding feed on the family farm near Hurdsfield, about 90 miles southeast of Minot, N.D., when he became entangled in the tractor's power takeoff shaft, Ms. Drury said.


Although the spinning shaft tore off both arms at the shoulders, Mr. Thompson managed to walk uphill about 500 yards to the house. But he couldn't open the door, so he walked into the garage and used his teeth to open another door, according to his uncle, Lynn Thompson.

Inside the house, he kicked open the door to the den, knocked the telephone receiver off the hook, picked up a pencil with his teeth and punched his cousin's number on the touch-tone phone. After notifying his cousin, Ms. Drury said, Mr. Thompson sat in the bathtub.


An ambulance from nearby Bowdon was sent to the scene. The crew retrieved the severed arms and packed them for the trip to St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey, N.D.

"On the way to the hospital, he asked the ambulance crew to please call his grandmother so she wouldn't worry about him," Ms. Drury said.


While a trauma team prepared Mr. Thompson for the trip, an air ambulance crew was called from Bismarck, N.D., to transport him to North Memorial in Robbinsdale, a Minneapolis suburb.

He was taken into surgery about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Ms. Drury said. Plastic surgeons Allen Van Beek and J. Bart Muldowney headed the microvascular surgical team, each working on a separate arm, Ms. Drury said. They were assisted by orthopedic surgeon Joseph Bocklage. The operation took about six hours

I have a few thoughts.

He should have been cast as james bobs instead of a woman .

It’s awesome he got his arms back. Sure they won’t be the same but still.

It’s cool he didn’t want to get his parents rug bloody so he goes to the tub.

I’m totally baffled that his father isn’t in the picture , maybe he died in a farm accident

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RE: Man's arms reattached after accident North Dakota farmer recovering in Minn.
What a story. I can almost see a movie being made from this.
07-27-2019 12:21 AM
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The level of calm and rational thinking during very intense trauma is amazing.

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(07-27-2019 01:53 AM)kinjutsu Wrote:  The level of calm and rational thinking during very intense trauma is amazing.



Well farm boys out there gotta think like that. No time for dangerous emotions when you work 17 hours a day. The level of stoicism can still be appreciated though

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I have to say this was badass enough I don't even feel right making fun of him with arm-related puns.
07-27-2019 03:55 PM
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I bet surgery like that will cost an arm and a leg.

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I'm glad that the guy of out of harm's way.
07-28-2019 12:29 AM
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(07-27-2019 07:07 PM)RoastBeefCurtains4Me Wrote:  I bet surgery like that will cost an arm and a leg.

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Well he has use above the elbows... Get some duct tape for the hands and at least he can give himself A Stranger.

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Didn't this happen over 20 years ago?

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07-28-2019 10:48 PM
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Quote:John Thompson can't button a shirt, shake your hand or write legibly.

After 20 years and more than 30 surgeries, the story of an 18-year-old farm boy who had his arms ripped off in a piece of old farm equipment follows him everywhere.

"To me it was like it was yesterday," said Karen Thompson, John's mother. "It's almost like a branding iron when these tragedies happen. It's just embedded in you."

On Jan. 11, 1992, a teenager who hated being in front of a crowd was working on his family's farm in Hurdsfield. He was home alone when his arms got caught in a tractor's power takeoff. He was knocked unconscious.

When he woke up, his arms were gone. But he still got up, walked to his house and called for help using a pencil in his teeth. Then he sat in the bathtub until help came, so he wouldn't drip blood on the new carpet.

Surgeons reattached his arms and his story became international news.

That story became international news. Twenty years later, Thompson still gets noticed as "the kid in the bathtub."

That's not John Thompson's story anymore. He's told the story so many times, in front of so many people, that it feels like he's talking about somebody else, telling somebody else's story.

To Thompson "it's not a big deal" anymore, and it "embarrasses" him when people ask to hear the story, the story they probably already know, he said.

"I say 'I had my arms ripped off' and pretty much leave it at that," Thompson said. "It's just something that happened."

But the accident changed every aspect of his life — how he eats, gets dressed, drives a car and even smokes a cigarette.

Thompson has been living in Minot for the last four years, working as a Realtor. But today, he's unemployed and living off disability. Most employers won't give him a chance because of his disability, Karen Thompson said.

"It's not like he can do what the others his age can do," she said.

After having his arms reattached and trying to regain some normalcy in his life, Thompson went to school at the University of Mary. He didn't graduate and after about two years, he began touring full-time telling his story, talking about farm safety and motivating others to persevere. He gave that life up in 1995, after the road wore him down physically and emotionally.

In 2002, he published a book, "Home in One Piece," about his life. He wanted to put the accident behind him, but it only made his life more hectic. Thompson hit the road again, this time doing book tours, and "Home in One Piece" became a bestseller in the Midwest.

He also got into politics, something he had always enjoyed, and ran for the state House in District 40 in 2004. Thompson said he dropped out, but was still on the ballot that year.

Now, Thompson's considering leaving North Dakota and the cold winters, and moving to someplace warm like Arizona. He can't wear gloves, so he uses socks to keep his hands warm. The cold also makes the arthritis in his arms worse and the pain that comes with it.

His physical strength continues to deteriorate, and even collecting socks out of the bottom of the drying machine is difficult for him.

"My arms don't go straight," he said. "I pretty much have to climb in there to get the clothes out."

During his time as a Realtor, he had trouble using keys and opening the doors of the houses he was showing. He often had to hand the keys to a client.

"(My hands) are always in a fist, curled up, so it's hard to grab things or carry things," he said.

Things are more difficult for Thompson, but he still does them. He can't button a shirt, but he can slip an already buttoned one over his head. He can't write legibly, but he's a better typist now than he was before the accident. And he can't shake your hand, but he likes fist bumps.

While others have said he should have done more with his life, he doesn't feel that way. He has good friends who care about him and will come over to change a burned out light bulb. He's close with his family.

"I can almost sense from miles if he's having a bad day, and he does the same with me," his mother said.

Thompson would like to get back into speaking or politics on a local level. Telling his story still gives him a purpose and makes him feel like he's making a difference. That's all he really wants: to help others, his mother said.

"Everybody needs to be needed, and that's what he's looking for," Karen Thompson said.

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