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Man who was cut in half by forklift said he's 'disappointed' by how his friends reacted

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Man who was cut in half by forklift said he's 'disappointed' by how his friends reacted

A builder has spoken out about being 'disappointed' by his friends' lack of support after being tragically cut in half in a forklift accident.

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In 2019, labourer Loren Schauers nearly met his fate when he was involved in a freak forklift accident which saw him veer off a bridge while in the vehicle and fall 50ft.

Loren - from Wilsall, Montana, US - has since spoken out about the reactions to his accident, including whether or not his friends have been there for him since.

Loren and his wife, Sabia, conducted a YouTube Live where they let followers ask them questions and invited them to 'chat'.

One user asked: "Do your friends still treat you the same way they used to before the accident? Are you happy, surprised or disappointed by some of them?"

Loren was asked if he was 'happy, surprised or disappointed' by any of his friends. Credit: SWNS
Loren was asked if he was 'happy, surprised or disappointed' by any of his friends. Credit: SWNS

Loren replied: "I've been mostly disappointed by most of them, I'd say."

Sabia continued: "I've been a little surprised by some of them."

Loren went on to explain that 'a couple of friends came out of the woodworks and have been really supportive'.

However, 'other friends totally reverted and have been reclusive', he added.

"But it's whatever to me, you know," Loren continued. "I got Sabia that's all I need."

Loren explained how some friends became 'reclusive'. Credit: SWNS
Loren explained how some friends became 'reclusive'. Credit: SWNS

As well as reflecting on their friend's support since Loren's accident, the couple have also spoken about how its impacted their marriage.

"Going through this together has definitely strengthened a lot of the aspects of our relationship.

"It has made us a lot more appreciative of the little things that we used to take for granted as a couple before," Sabia explained.

However, his relationship with Sabia has been strengthened by his accident. Credit: SWNS
However, his relationship with Sabia has been strengthened by his accident. Credit: SWNS

Loren now has 'a very simple life now compared to what it used to be', noting 'there's a lot more laying around than before'.

"It was about three months after the accident that I finally wrapped my head around how crazy and miraculous it really is for me to be alive," he admitted.

Loren explained how he and Sabia plan to 'travel the world first and then have some kids'.

The couple want to 'teach them to be better people than we are, so a pretty simplistic life'.

Loren resolved: "My best advice to anyone going through something like this is that you can't focus on the things you can't have and you must live your life to the fullest with what you do have."

 If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available through Mental Health America. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. You can also reach Crisis Text Line by texting MHA to 741741. 

You can also call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 at the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline. 

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Health, Mental Health, US News, YouTube, Social Media

Poppy Bilderbeck
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