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Posted on: February 16, 2018

Coon Rapids Teen Breaks Both Legs in Skiing Accident

 Like a lot of teenagers, Sam Halvorson is an active 14-year-old who plays sports. But he faced his toughest opponent in late January when he was involved in a skiing accident.

"Then this one comes up and out,” Sam Halvorson traced his finger on his cast where the tibias are below. “This one's broken right up here, comes up just sideways."

Halvorson, a Coon Rapids High School freshman recalled the pain from the skiing accident in late January that changed his life.

"My skis just got stuck, went under and didn't come back up and fell forward. My boots didn't unclamp and both my legs broke."

Before then, Sam's life revolves around sports. He was involved in basketball and baseball with the Coon Rapids Athletic Association. In 2015 his little league team fell one game short of going to Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series Championship. The Halvorson family had traveled with the team. His dad was on the coaching staff.

"It was probably one of the greatest months of my life just spending it with Sam and just the family in general and really the family of baseball," said Jason Halvorson.

Doctors at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Coon Rapids set his legs in two high casts. No other surgery was needed.

Jason recalled, "It was almost like they were waiting for us."

Word of Sam's accident traveled fast. The community reached out to the family, with a number of care packages and home-cooked meals.

Sam’s mother, Missy remembered the day someone offered to build ramps in the Halvorson home, to make it wheelchair accessible.

"It was like they just came in and here we go Miss, we're going to do this, and no problem,” Missy said. “And let's just get this done for Sam."

"We've been quite blessed by just the Coon Rapids community," Jason added.

Sam just missed a week of school before he was back in the classroom. Xrays had revealed how well the bones are healing. But he got tough news from the doctors last week.

"They told me no baseball," said Sam.

He wanted to play for the Coon Rapids Cardinals baseball team this Spring.

For now, the most difficult task he faces in the wheelchair is related to personal hygiene.

"Showering, that's the hard part."

Sam will continue to stay off his legs for the next two months, before he transfers to crutches and boots.

It's a lesson the entire family has taken to heart.

"The rewarding part for this experience is the fact that I don't get to be his coach right now, I get to be his dad."

Missy added, "My favorite new word is - this is temporary."

Sam's scheduled to have four weeks of physical therapy after the final casts come off. And if all goes well he can resume normal activities on June 1.

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