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Man cut in half by forklift taken to hospital with new infection

Man cut in half by forklift taken to hospital with new infection

He was in a devastating accident in 2019

The man who had to have half his body amputated after he was severely injured in a forklift truck incident has been taken back into hospital with an infection.

Loren Schauers, from Montana, was just 18 when he became involved in the horrific accident in 2019, which saw him veer off a bridge while in a forklift truck and fall 50ft.

His body became trapped under the vehicle, completely destroying his right arm and crushing his lower half.

He was rushed to hospital where he made the decision to have a hemicorporectomy surgery - which involves amputating everything below his waist - in order to save his life.

Speaking about the accident, Loren previously said: "I was conscious throughout everything so I actually watched as the forklift fell on top of me and crushed my body.

"Every medical professional I come across is pretty amazed by everything, especially with the story that comes along with my injuries.

"It wasn't a hard choice to have half of my body amputated - it was basically a choice of living or dying.

Loren and Sabia use social media to document their lives.
Instagram/@loren.schauers

"With [his partner] Sabia assuring to stay by my side no matter what and all my immediate family being around me, it really wasn’t a hard choice for me!"

Since the accident, Loren married his long-term partner Sabia and the pair use social media to document their lives and raise awareness about what life is like for someone living with a disability.

In a post on Instagram earlier this week, Loren shared that he had been forced to return to the hospital due to a kidney infection.

"Drink water like no other in life,” he wrote. “Yet I'm still needing to be put into the E.R for a kidney infection and my body passing a kidney stone. Why does there always have to be some catch?"

The couple got married in 2021.
Instagram/@loren.schauers

Last month, his wife Sabia said Loren was in ‘considerable pain’ but that - as ever - he continued to ‘fight through it’.

She wrote: “Just our Sunday check-in with you all. Unfortunately Loren is not having a great day, it's a day with considerable pain so no picture of him today. Not every day can be great and wonderful but being the extraordinary guy he is, he's fighting his way through it all. We love you all!"

Despite his injuries, Loren tries to remain positive - offering advice to others who may face similar challenges, he said: "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."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/loren.schauers

Topics: US News