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Slow Road To Recovery After Young Man Gets Hit By A Car

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Recovery is slow process for a young Minnesota man fighting a severe brain injury. Three years ago Landon Hochstetler was rollerblading near his home in Becker County when he was hit by a car. He then spent over 6 months in hospitals, and years later he is still trying to relearn the simplest muscle movements. Gail Hochstetler- Landon's Mom: "We were told he might not ever even open his eyes."

As another ordinary day passes, one family is learning a whole new kind of normal here at Sanford health. Gail: "Obviously I will do whatever I need to for my son, but it hasn't been without its moments of this isn't fair!" Gail was planning to pursue her dreams, and go back to college.

Gail: "At a point where he was going to spread his wings and fly, and now I have a six foot infant." Landon was a hockey player, and now he's a hockey fan. Gail: "Oh, well he's an amazing fighter."

He's meeting with an occupational therapist, one of his many appointments each week.

Sandy Stalemo- Occupational Therapist: "As part of the goal for Landon to be able to communicate, oh there was a good one huh."

Gail: "Progress is very slow, but there has been progress." The next step in his recovery includes a piece of equipment called a quadriciser. Gail: "That quadriciser will enable Landon to move in ways that simulate walking and crawling." But it's very expensive. Gail: "Yeah, it's a 15-thousand dollar piece of equipment." Something this family needs a little help with. Gail: "I haven't given up the thought that he could return."

It's another ordinary day for one young man who is anything but ordinary. Gail: "I long for the son I had. Landon's mom just hopes this new normal might someday include being able to communicate with her son.

You can donate here: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/landon-needs-a-quadriciser-/114967

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