Sunday Sept 24th we woke up to our “normal” Sunday, watched church then headed to Mt Lake for a bike ride. That afternoon Travis was helping clean out a grain bin with an auger inside. Things turned for the worst extremely quickly… both of Trav’s legs got caught in the auger, one up to his thigh.. Thankful for Wayne, Scott and Jordan with their thinking and quick actions. Jordan shut off the auger, Wayne quickly took off his belt and put on Travs worst leg as a tourniquet. Scott got another belt up there soon after for a tourniquet on other leg. Also thankful to the first responders, ambulance team, fire dept, trauma helicopter and so many more that came quickly.
The helicopter landed at the bin site and they got Trav out of the auger, stabilized him and flew him to New Ulm for blood transfusion, then to North Memorial Trauma 1 Center in Robbinsdale where he immediately underwent surgery.
This is very hard to process and we are all still in so much shock as we all know the lifestyle that Trav lives and loves, extremely active and a constant goer, but due to the severity and to save his life they had to amputate left leg above knee and right leg below knee. Many muscles, tendons, nerves, veins and arteries just gone completely and/or severed, plus multiple bone shatters. There was/is a significant amount of dirt and corn in his legs so they are hoping the right can stay below knee level and that infection doesn’t occur but is very likely. He is intubated and sedated but is stabilized. They will perform another surgery tomorrow to keep cleaning his legs out to decrease risk of infection. Possibly more surgeries after that and make the more “permanent” amputation cut for best chance of prosthetic outcomes.
As life changing as this will be and heartbreaking to lose his legs, the doctor said just a few more seconds and he would no longer be with us. Since Trav is still sedated he does not know of his condition and losing his legs.. they think they may be able to remote breathing tube and have him wake tomorrow.. please send prayers. We know Trav is strong but this is going to be an extremely difficult and unimaginable journey for us. He is going to have a tough time not playing with his little girl for awhile and this life changing procedure. We love him and I thank God he is with us to see our little girl grow up and create beautiful memories.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
To follow along on his progress please visit Travis Caringbridge page linked here
10/11/23: Travis has been in the hospital 17 days and 7 surgeries on his legs thus far. He is in good spirits but we have a long road ahead.