A rural St. Michael man who was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital after a tree he was cutting down fell on is in need of a little help getting back on his feet, according to friends and family.
Dave Theis was removing trees and debris from a tree line along the family property south of Wright County Highway 119 on Thursday, March 5 when a tree dislodged and fell on top of him.
A neighbor, who was working with Dave in the tree line, used a cell phone to call 911, and Dave was rescued by crews from the St. Michael Fire Department and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. He was immediately airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
According to Dave’s daughter, Alli, the tree crashed into his legs, breaking his right ankle, left femur, and a branch broke his clavicle and fractured his left wrist. Fortunately, there was no blow to the head, and Dave’s pelvis was not broken.
The weight and force of the blow, however, may have caused nerve damage to his left arm and shoulder. Dave also has bruising around his heart.
That’s left Dave bedridden, and he’s beginning a course of physical therapy soon.
“There are some important things that are not covered such as transportation to and from doctor appointments. Since Dave has non-weight bearing restrictions on both legs, he is required to take special transport service on a stretcher.
Transportation costs to and from his Doctors in Minneapolis, pain management therapy and house modifications that need to be done are quite costly and not covered by insurance.
Alternatively there is an account with First American Bank in Saint Michael where Alli works. If you are so inclined, a donation written out to the Dave Theis Fund can be mailed to:
First American Bank
Dave Theis Fund
12725 43rd St NE,
Saint Michael, MN 55376
You can also assist the Theis family here, via the YouCaring account created to help offset Dave’s medical expenses.