NEWDALE — After what family members are describing as a miracle, a Newdale area farmer severely injured in a farm accident is expected to make a full recovery.
Longtime farmer Lane Larsen, who lives 3.6 miles west of Newdale in Teton, which is about 10 miles northeast of Rexburg, has been a patient at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center since Oct. 7. He was run over by discs being pulled by his tractor. Larsen was flown by air ambulance to the hospital after the accident.
It was touch and go initially, and Larsen’s wife, Bobbie, finds it difficult to discuss how she felt after learning the extent of her husband’s injuries. She’s now focusing on Lane’s recovery.
“It looks like he’s going to be OK ,” she said.
Bobbie credits angels for watching over her husband during the accident.
“That’s the only thing we can think of — he had angels there helping him,” she said. “Something was there helping him through.”
Larsen was refueling his tractor when the machine moved forward, reported Bobbie.
“He got caught under the discs,” she said.
The family isn’t sure what caused the tractor to start moving.
“Some of it’s just kind of a blank to him,” Bobbie said.
Lane suffered several injuries including lacerations, a crushed pelvis, broken ribs and a fracture in his left arm.
Lane was alone in his field; yet, fortunately, had his cell phone with him to call for help.
Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries said that when his deputies arrived, they found Lane hurt quite severely, but that he was awake and aware of his surroundings.
“My deputies said he was injured pretty bad. I’m glad to hear that he is recovering. It’s great news,” Humphries said. “Cell phones are great tools. It’s good that he was able to call for help.”
Bobbie said that her husband being in such good physical health is helping him recover.
“He can mend from everything he has. He’s been active and has tried to keep himself physically fit. That was a lot of it,” she said.
Bobbie says that the Teton-Newdale community has been supportive of her family following the accident.
“They’ve been very good. There’s been a lot of reaching out and offering to help. They’re always asking if there’s something they can do,” she said.
The couple doesn’t need to worry about their farm currently as Lane finished harvesting shortly before his accident. Thanks to that, Lane can concentrate on getting better, and, for the foreseeable future, he will remain in the hospital, Bobbie said.
“He will not be home for a long time. He’s got several months of rehab to do. He can’t walk for at least six weeks,” she said.
Bobbie says she’s thankful for her husband’s recovery and credits a higher power for watching over him during the accident.
“It was a miracle,” she said.