Going home at last: Sam Reene’s recovery from 33 foot fall

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – After a 33 foot fall, which broke 23 bones in his body, Sam Reene will be going home Wednesday.

On Jan. 20, Reene was working construction at the Magnetation building in White County. Reene was walking on a beam when he fell, breaking nearly every bone on the left side of his body.

Reene was taken to an Indianapolis hospital, where doctors performed three surgeries to repair his injuries in his legs, pelvis, hips and arms.

Once he had recovered from surgery, Reene was taken to University Place in West Lafayette for rehab. Reene said his daughter Samantha, who works at University Place, visited him everyday during his recovery. He said Samantha, who is studying at Purdue’s nursing school, has had some great practice working on him since he’s been at University Place.

Now that he can walk, Reene said he’s excited to go home.

“It feels great. I’m still in a lot of pain, but I’m going home,” said Reene. “I’d like to just mow the yard. I don’t know if I’ll be able to this year, but just something easy like that. When it’s taken away, it ain’t no fun.”

Reene may be going home, but it will be months before he can make a complete recovery. Reene says he still is having trouble putting weight on his left leg, but thinks he should be able to soon.

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