Bizarre Injury

Tree Branch Impales Woman

While driving along Idaho's Lochsa River earlier this month, a tree limb pierced through the passenger side window of Daniel and Michelle Childers' pick up truck, impaling the latter's neck. The 20 year old only remembers a "strange" pressure on her neck and shoulder, not realizing what had happened until her husband exclaimed, "It's in your neck!" As Michelle waited for a "life flight" helicopter, a registered nurse and her husband offered Michelle kind words. "So here I am sitting in a pick-up with all these wonderful people around me and a 13-inch Spruce limb with branches coming off it in still in my neck," Michelle recalls. The helicopter lifted her to St. Patrick Hospital where Michelle uderwent a six-hour surgery to remove the tree limb. She is currently recovering from home.