Ben Hannesson Fundraiser

As everyone knows our dad was in a grease gun accident. He was brought to Park River, then taken to Altru in Grand Forks by ambulance on Wednesday September 19, 2018.  Thursday morning he had an emergency Tracheotomy surgery. Dr. Johnson did a wonderful job. (Dr. Johnson & dad in the photo) Dad was not able to talk. Things always get worse before they get better.   Dad was doing good, but few things still were not right. Grease was still in his neck. Dr. Johnson thought it was best to go back in and clean everything out again.  Saturday morning he went back into surgery and Dr. Johnson got everything out as he had planned but since dad couldn't swallow, he also couldn't eat so he got a feeding tube.  What a huge difference this made.  Dad impressed all the docs & nurses with how well & fast he was improving. Thankful for all the wonderful care that they all gave dad in the hospital, he got to come home Friday September 28, 2018.  He still has the trachea for now & can also talk now. It was weird not having dad chatting away all the time but kinda of peaceful, haha just kidding! It was so great to hear his voice again!!  He is doing so good but still has a ways to go.  We are all so thankful & blessed to have him here with us.  This was an unexpected accident that has set things back, dad won't be able to work for a while. We appreciate all & any support given. We decided to do this instead of having a huge benefit somewhere since dad has many many friends all over the country (if you know dad..he knows everyone) this way everyone can be involved.  Please feel free to write a little note for dad on this page. We will keep updates as his appointments come. Dad, Mom & us kids would like to thank everyone for all the thoughts & prayers, it is very much appreciate.
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Laine Burns 
Saint Thomas, ND
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