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HUNTER Paralyzed After Fall

Central Maine Daily Sentinel, ME

By DWAYNE RIOUX

Staff writer

Copyright 2003 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.

Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Doctors have told the Winslow hunter who fell 30 feet from a tree in Unity on Sunday, that his spinal cord was severed.

Richard "Dickey" Morin, 48, of Belanger Street, is paralyzed from the waist down. The avid hunter also suffered extensive internal injuries to his rib cage. He is being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Morin fell while trying to retrieve his deer stand. Fairfield Fire Department rescue personnel used all terrain vehicles and a trailer to remove him from the heavily wooded accident site.

Winslow resident Daniel Veilleux, a close friend,, said that Morin severed his spine in the fall after landing on a tree root.

Veilleux was with Morin, Royce Rossignol, also of Winslow and Chuck Fabian of Fairfield, when the accident occurred.

"Dick was undoing the last strap holding his tree stand when the branch he was standing on broke," Veilleux said. "He hit the ground hard. We used my cell phone to call for help, but he laid there face down on the ground for nearly a hour before rescuers could move him."

"Dick and his family have been told by his doctors that he will be paralyzed from the waist down," Veilleux said. "The doctors don't really know the extent of his internal injuries yet. He's now facing an operation where doctors will insert steel rods in his spine for support.

I believe an operation has been scheduled toward the end of the week, but only if Dickey is strong enough."

Veilleux has started a special contribution fund to help defray the cost of hospitalization, family travel and lodging expenses, and future physical therapy.

All contributions can be sent in care of Richard Morin to Melissa Nelson at People's Heritage Bank in Waterville or for further information contact Veilleux at 287-2022. 

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