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Stained Wood

by on Nov.08, 2010, under Health, Nature, Recreation

Trees are majestic and beautiful. They provide shade, color, and homes for countless species. Trees are a source of food, oil, and alcohol. We harvest them for wood and depend on them for the very air we breathe. We may complain about having to rake leaves, or the occasional infiltration of roots into sewer pipes, but we get so much from them. But not all trees are so benign. Sometimes they act without provocation.

Josh Skattum of Sartell, MN was wheeled into the Hennepin County Medical Center emergency room with an oak branch sticking out from his leg. To be fair, Skattum started it by driving his golf cart into the tree. The tree retaliated with a 3 foot branch that pierced Skattum's leg, entering at the inside of his left knee, pushing its way through his thigh and stopping short of poking out at his left hip.

Josh Skattum after his encounter with a tree

No bones were broken and the branch didn't pierce any major arteries.


Bob, an avid bicyclist from Cincinnati, wasn't as lucky. The rider just ahead of him ran over a large branch, raising the end of it as Bob rode by. The branch fractured his fibula. No screws or braces were used to avoid introducing more potential infections. Trees might not move very fast, but they have lots of patience.

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