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Published October 02, 2011, 08:00 AM

Fertile, MN man returns with new outlook on life after losing both legs in a car accident

Fertile, MN (WDAY TV) -- Many are calling it a miracle, pure luck that a 24-year-old man from Fertile, Minnesota is still alive. Now, after spending almost two months at Hennepin County medical Center in Minneapolis and losing both his legs, BJ Anderson is returning home. Returning with a new outlook on a life changed forever.

Fertile, MN (WDAY TV) -- Many are calling it a miracle, pure luck that a 24-year-old man from Fertile, Minnesota is still alive. Now, after spending almost two months at Hennepin County medical Center in Minneapolis and losing both his legs, BJ Anderson is returning home. Returning with a new outlook on a life changed forever.

B.J. Anderson - Car Accident Victim): "The only thing I remember is being at my friends house and eating steaks and hamburgers. I don't remember anything about the accident or nothing."

It was August 14th. To this day, nobody knows what caused this single car accident. Anderson was ejected from the vehicle. One leg completely severed, he crawled and screamed for hours.

Tim Oistad - Paramedic: "I think the mud being packed in there kind of helped a lot with controlling the bleeding.

A Colorado couple was taking the scenic route back to their lake house. Seeing the debris they stopped. Hearing faint moans, they found him, hundreds of feet from his vehicle, face down and ice cold.

Paramedic Tim Oistad was first on scene.

Tim Oistad: "I think it was divine intervention. I mean these people that found him, they weren't supposed to be on that road, they weren't supposed to be on that time.

Michele Anderson - B.J.’s Mother: "They had a vascular surgeon, an orthopedic surgeon and a trauma surgeon all working simultaneously together and they said that was amazing because they hadn't had a vascular surgeon working there before."

Anderson would spend 48 days in the hospital, undergoing 11 different surgeries. In the end, the doctors couldn't save either leg.

But for many, the fact he sits here today is a miracle.

Michele Anderson: "He's really lucky, he's meant for something. He's got some things to do."

For now the steps into Anderson's home have been replaced by a ramp. But not forever. A three sport athlete in high school, Anderson knows this is only the first quarter.

B.J. Anderson: "I'm very lucky to still be here, just different things I'm going to change about myself so I can stay at the optimum fitness."

A level of fitness that will hopefully have him walking again in less than six months.

Medical Bills are continuing to pile up by the thousands for the Anderson Family. If you'd like to help, a fund has been set up at the First State Bank Fund of Fertile.

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