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Mike Frandrup is pictured with his family. From left to right are Sadie, Genean and Dean. On May 21, Frandrup felt a burning sensation in his leg. That evening, he went to the emergency room. Less than 48 hours later he emerged from seven hours of spinal surgery to find that he was paralyzed from the waist down.

A life forever altered: A Vermillion man is literally trying to get back on his feet

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While working Monday, May 21, in Farmington, Mike Frandrup felt a burning sensation in his leg.

Less than 48 hours later, he was enduring seven hours of surgery to his spine. When he woke up, he was paralyzed from the waist down and life hasn't been the same since.


It turns out a few veins in his spinal column had burst and bled. Doctors went in and did what they could, but they've given him just a zero to five percent chance of walking again.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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