Check Your Health | Stories - Student Survives Rock Climbing Accident
Thursday, October 24 2013, 07:53 PM MDT
Student Survives Rock Climbing Accident
By: Carla Roberts Pruitt

(KUTV) - A rock climbing trip almost claims the life of a BYU graduate student and her friend. Earlier this year, Nena Lundgreen was rock climbing with some friends in Rock Canyon. "It (the rock) ripped off while I was on top of it," said Lundgreen. "And so when it came down, I fell back in my harness and the rock came and pinned and severed most of my toes."

Nena says the rock then crashed just inches away from a friend who was holding on to the rope. The friend was not hurt, but Nena was. She underwent emergency surgery at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Nena says doctors weren't sure if they could save her foot. "No one bothered to tell me how many fractures I had in my food because there were just so many."

Surgeons managed to save her foot. Nena lost 2 toes. Surgeons did have to remove a small part of 2 other toes. In addition to surgery, Nena also had hyperbaric oxygen therapy and skin grafts to help repair some of the damage.

It has been about six months since the accident and Nena says she is not sure she will climb again. "I can run and jump already and I’m getting back to all the things I love to do. So I could climb again but I don’t know if it would be worth the risk."

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Student Survives Rock Climbing Accident

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