A Minnesota mother was left nearly paralyzed and fighting for her life after a 15-foot birch tree holding the hammock she was sitting in snapped, hit her in the back of the head and broke her neck, according to a media report.
“All of a sudden this big boom hit me in the back of the head,” Alyssa Pfannenstein, 25, told local channel WTOL from her hospital bed.
Pfannenstein was watching her 4-year-old daughter play in a park with her boyfriend Justin Janssen over Labor Day weekend at the time of the incident.
“It was surreal,” Janssen said. “At the moment, there was not even time to panic because it happened so quickly.”
They had no idea the tree they’d hung their hammock on was rotting on the inside, which is what caused it to snap.
Pfannenstein neck was broken and she found herself unable to move but the tough mother remained calm throughout the ordeal.
“Her calmness calmed me and her daughter down and made us understand everything would be OK,” Janssen said.
The young mother has spent the last twelve days immobilized at the Hennepin County Medical Center but doctors say she is making progress and has regained some mobility in her arms.
She’ll soon head to a rehab facility to work on mobility and strength.
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