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MI: Fifteen-year-old doesn't let 2011 hunting accident that took his hand hold him back

July 7, 2012

By Sally York, Argus-Press.com

CALEDONIA TWP. — Fifteen-year-old Jeff Meihls has always wanted to be a Major League Baseball player, and he’s not about to be stopped by a hunting accident last fall that left him with only one hand.
 
In the early afternoon of Nov. 23, 2011, Jeff and his dad went deer hunting on South Ruess Road, as they’d done together many times before. But instead of their usual routine of waiting quietly in a deer stand, they headed down to the river, tipped off by workers in the area that two deer were nearby.
 
Jeff handed his father his shotgun “and my footing slipped,” Meihls said. “The gun fell on the ground and discharged.”
 
A bullet penetrated Jeff’s right wrist, creating a hole so large “I could see through his wrist,” Meihls said. “I knew from the start he was going to lose his hand.”

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