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Harrah man, 18, survives tumble down Elk Mountain

Sam Raglin, 18, was hiking with friends when he lost his foothold and fell 25 feet down the south side of Elk Mountain. He suffered multiple injuries, but amazingly, was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon.
By Matt Dinger, mdinger@opubco.com Modified: July 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm •  Published: July 17, 2010
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"From the top of his head to the tip of his toes, he has injuries," she said.

A fractured skull, bleeding in the brain, a pair of punctured lungs and a broken pelvis are among the worst of his injuries, she said.

"He's healing fast. It's quite a miracle, really," Anita Raglin said. "The people that were down there at the mountain really did not expect him to make it."

Raglin said he got to a point where it would have been harder to go backward than forward, but unsteady footing sent him tumbling down the mountain. He had landed on a ledge, just feet from another 30-foot drop.

By the time paramedics trekked up the mountain, Sam Raglin had been at the accident site more than five hours, Anita Raglin said.

"They were in the roughest, most isolated part of the park which is that Elk Mountain," she said.

He surprised doctors, family and the emergency personnel who rescued him by getting onto his feet the next day. He's been ordered to two weeks of down time while his injuries heal.

"I had so many injuries, and not a single one of them needed surgery or anything like that. I'm really just not in a tremendous amount of pain," Sam Raglin said.

Everything that happened to him could have killed him, but it didn't and that's amazing," Nowka said.

Anita Raglin said she was impressed by how the former boyhood friends, now men, handled the ordeal.

"They stepped up and acted like men who knew what they were doing," Anita Raglin said.

This wasn't the first tragedy to befall the Raglin family this year. A tornado in May destroyed the family home, which was built in Harrah 25 years ago.

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