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Published October 28, 2011, 05:20 PM

GF Teen Continues Recovery After Motorcycle Accident

MINNEAPOLIS (WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks teenager injured in a motorcycle accident continues to recover at a Minneapolis hospital.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

MINNEAPOLIS (WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks teenager injured in a motorcycle accident continues to recover at a Minneapolis hospital.

Ben Johnson, 18, was transferred from Grand Forks to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Johnson suffered a severed spinal column in the accident on Wednesday, October 19.

According to a CaringBridge site maintained by family, on Friday Ben was fitted with a back brace that he'll wear for the next 90 days. According to an entry, he also had an Xray taken and everything looked good.

Johnson is the son of Grand Forks Freedom Church pastor Nathan Johnson.

Police say Ben was driving his 2005 Suzuki RT south on Evergreen Drive just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, when he went up over the curb, hit a mailbox and was thrown from the vehicle.

The head neurosurgeon at HCMC, who performed surgery on Monday, said that Johnson's spinal cord injury was about 1/4 inch from his aorta. The doctor said that most times when the spinal cord takes such a severe blow, the aorta is ruptured, resulting in immediate death.

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