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    Paralysis permanent for man who fell in tower

    Family: Paralysis permanent for man who fell in tower
    By BETH SMITH, Gleaner staff
    August 31, 2002

    A 19-year-old Henderson County man who fell between 30 and 50 feet in a
    water tower almost two weeks ago has been transferred to a rehabilitation
    center in Louisville where he will undergo therapy for a spinal cord injury.

    Robert Mabe suffered the injuries on Aug. 19 while doing maintenance work in
    the central column of the water tower on Ridgewood Road in the Spottsville
    area.

    Mabe was working for a subcontractor -- James Darche -- who was hired by
    Pittsburg Tank and Tower to complete the work.

    Darche, Mabe's cousin by marriage, said from all indications Mabe was coming
    down the ladder inside the central column without his safety equipment
    engaged.

    Darche said a storm was coming and Mabe had been told to come down.

    "I think he got in a hurry and slipped and fell," he said.

    Emergency responders from at least seven agencies worked about two hours to
    pull Mabe from the column.

    He was Lifeflighted to St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville immediately
    following the accident which -- according to family members -- has left Mabe
    permanently paralyzed from the chest down.

    On Wednesday, Mabe was transferred to the Frazier Rehab Institute for
    "physical and occupational therapy" through the spinal cord injury program,
    said Julie Ice, spokeswoman for the institute.

    Mabe will also participate in an educational program which will teach him
    how to live with a spinal cord injury, Ice said.

    Physical therapy is for toning muscles and occupational therapy teaches
    patients how to accomplish everyday tasks.

    Mabe will be at Frazier between four and six weeks.

    Christy Darche, a first cousin and the wife of James Darche, said physically
    and emotionally Mabe is in good condition.

    "He's in stable condition and is now facing the reality of dealing with
    being paralyzed from the chest down," she said.

    "He's done exceptionally well emotionally," she said.

    That's not to say that once he is in rehab relearning how to do things,
    Christy Darche said, that "that won't break him down."

    The most immediate need, she said, is to find a place for Mabe to live once
    he is released from rehab.

    "He has no where to come home to that's wheelchair accessible," she said.

    Christy Darche said the family has run through the gamut of emotions since
    Mabe's accident.

    "I think you go through the initial sadness and depression," she said. Then
    "you accept that it has happened and make plans for the future."

    "He's got a lot of good people that love him," James Darche said. "And we'll
    get through this thing."

    To help offset some of the medical expenses, the family has set up a fund at
    Old National Bank.

    Anyone wishing to contribute can go to any of the bank branches and make a
    donation in Mabe's name.

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    Just wonder...

    How do they Hell know that it permanent?

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    Max,

    I suspect the family members were just relaying imformation that the doctors had given them. I believe doctors do the best they are able when treating patients. This includes not providing any false hopes as to the future recovery. It has been my experience that they (the doctors) try and prepare you for the worst, while hoping for the best.

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    Fall victim transferred to rehabilitation center

    Fall victim transferred to rehabilitation center




    By:TONY PIPPEN, Staff writer September 06, 2002





    ADA - Robert Mabe, who fell between 30 and 50 feet in a water tower in mid-August in the Spottsville area of Kentucky, has been transferred to a rehabilitation center in Louisville, Ky., where he will undergo therapy for a spinal cord injury.

    Mabe is the 19-year-old son of Cheryl Mabe of Ada and a 2001 graduate of Ada High School.


    Mabe suffered injuries Aug. 19 while doing maintenance work in the central column of the water tower.


    Emergency responders from at least seven agencies worked about two hours to pull Mabe from the column. He was Lifeflighted to St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville immediately after the accident which, according to family members, has left him permanently paralyzed from the chest down.


    Mabe was transferred to Frazier Rehab Institute for physical and occupational therapy through the spinal cord injury program.


    Mabe will also participate in an educational program that will teach him how to live with a spinal cord injury. Physical therapy is for toning muscles and occupational therapy teaches patients how to accomplish everyday tasks.


    Members of Mabe's family say he will be at Frazier at least six weeks.


    To contact Mabe at Frazier, write to Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, 220 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, KY 40202, Attn: Robert Mabe, Room 201, bed 1, or phone (502) 582-7661.


    To contribute to his medical fund, send donations to Old National Bank, Robert Mabe Fund, 420 Main Street, Evansville, Ind. 47708.


    ©The Ada Evening News 2002

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