Benefit for Eggenberger Saturday at Bluff's Bar
Today, Tad Eggenberger walks with a limp, one of the few visible scars remaining from a life-changing incident four months ago.
As frustrated as he gets for not walking as fast as he used to, he also remembers what else could have happened on Nov. 27, 2013.
“I’m just lucky to be alive and walking,” he said.
Eggenberger was deer hunting in Maiden Rock that day in a group with six others when he was shot in the pelvis. The bullet was fired from his dad’s gun, over 200 yards away, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Although it was never deemed where, the assumption is the bullet ricocheted off of something, striking Eggenberger.
“I had been hunting that land for 20 years,” he explained. “I know the lay of the land like the palm of my hand.
“I went down like a ton of bricks. I never felt a pain like that in my life. I was begging for the ambulance to give me drugs.”
Eggenberger was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where immediate surgery was done to repair his bladder and small intestines. He was then put into a medical coma for four days so the swelling in his colon could be reduced.
Overall, Eggenberger was at Regions for eight days, and since has recuperated at his house, outside of Ellsworth.
For more please read the April 2 print version of the Herald.