HEALTH AND WELLNESS: True grit

Suffering a broken neck and severe spinal cord injury, David Sparby is determined to regain the use of his legs
David Sparby has been a quadriplegic since Jan. 21, 2006, the day an 800-pound square hay bale fell from a height of 10 feet, breaking his neck and causing a contusion in his spinal cord. “You could feel all of a sudden everything was trickling out of your body, then there was nothing,” David said. He initially was taken by ambulance to Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls, then transported to Altru Health System in Grand Forks where he received surgery to fuse the injured vertebrae.
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