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Childhood accident creates lifetime of pain

"To me, 'walking naturally' means to walk forward in life without pain ." -- Steven Scott, TO UNDERGO AMPUTATION1 / 6
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In 1981, three weeks before my 3rd birthday, I rode my Big Wheel down the driveway into the street as a van was passing by. The vehicle's right passenger side tire struck me.

I was struck by an oncoming vehicle and was trapped under it against the pavement with my Big Wheel. As the vehicle came to a stop, it scraped away body tissue on the upper and lower side of my right leg and foot. I was pinned under the vehicle for several minutes until the firefighters arrived.

Because the tissue was scraped away and bones were exposed, the doctors decided to open up the thigh on my right leg, cutting a 'C' shaped flap to attach to the muscle tissue on my foot.

By doing this, they were trying to create a good blood supply to my foot to keep it alive, while they were rallying up specialists from Los Angeles to help repair the damage.

The inside of my foot was so badly injured that I essentially had no ankle left. A team of doctors tried to reconstruct it as best they could.

They removed fatty tissue from my thigh and did a skin graph for all of my injuries. The doctors cut a few layers of my own skin, and used that to grow more skin and lay over my wounds. By growing my own skin in a special laboratory, my body would not reject it.

During this time, I had to wear special elastic tights for swelling and also suffered from extreme itching from the skin graft. For many months I had to have checkups to make sure the wounds were healing. I was in excruciating pain.

After being rushed to the hospital, the doctors found that it was not only my leg and foot that were damaged. I had to have exploratory surgery because I was bleeding internally from my spleen, which was immediately removed.

They also found that my skull had been fractured horizontally from ear to ear, but the skin was still intact. My jaw had been broken in two places and was wired shut for approximately two full months.

Because of all my injuries, I had to undergo five to six major surgeries to repair damage that was done to my body.

Altogether, I spent two months in the hospital and was in the intensive care unit (ICU) for about three weeks.

The doctors wanted to allow my foot, leg and broken tibia to improve by inserting pins into my leg to heal my broken bones. After about two months, the pins were removed, but I was unable to walk until my foot healed.

During that time, my mom stayed by my side and my father took time off to be with me. The neighbors and different people pitched in to take care of my brothers while my parents were in the hospital with me.

My last surgery was in 1991. The doctors had to kill the growth lines above and below my right knee because my left leg was growing at a slower pace. Currently, my legs are about the same overall length, but because of the accident, my left foot did not grow like it was genetically designed to and is now a bit shorter.

Since my accident 31 years ago, I am continually dealing with pain. I have sharp jolts of pain from my ankle, soreness in my foot, arthritic toes, decreased movement in my left foot, and pain from what feels like a dislocation in my knee.

The way I have to walk causes my knee to be uncomfortable and is now causing it damage. Currently I am trying to block out the pain. I use ice, hot water and Epsom salts for minimal relief and I am not able to exercise and do activities I would normally enjoy.

I met with an orthopedic specialist to talk about what my options were.

The doctor told me that medicine would not be able to reconstruct my limb and that the damage cannot be repaired. He also said I could either live with my foot and it could continue to get worse, affecting my knee, or have surgery to remove my foot. I have made the choice to have surgery.

When I go through the procedure, it will take about six weeks of recovery and then I will be fitted with a temporary prosthesis. This device will include the socket that the stump will fit into and will be reshaped according to muscle size. Overall, it will take two years before I am able to walk naturally.

To me, "walking naturally" means to walk forward in life without pain.

Editor's note: Steven Scott's friends have come together to help raise funds for his medical needs (see details in related articles on this page). Scott will need surgery, two prosthesis devices, and it is anticipated he will need a replacement surgery in about five to seven years.

All Stars come together to raise funds for Steven Scott

A fundraiser will be held for Steven Scott on Sunday, October 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Carlos Creek Winery near Alexandria.

The event will raise funds to assist Scott, who has no insurance, with medical expenses. Scott is a guitar teacher at Carlson Music in Alexandria.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door, and are available at Carlson Music and Randy's Men's Wear, both in Alexandria.

The event will include food, beverages, a silent auction and a raffle, which includes a Yamaha digital piano, Yamaha silent guitar, Fender Concert ukulele, cooler of meat and Elden's gift certificate.

The event will also include more than four hours of entertainment by nearly 30 local performers.


(Subject to change)

4 p.m. - Orrin Foslien

4:15 p.m. - 57 Chevy

4:30 p.m. - Craig Torgerson

4:45 p.m. - Erik Schultz and Al Lieffort

5 p.m. - Gregg Buran and Mel Lamar

5:15 p.m. - Chuck Wencl and Friends

5:30 p.m. - Alex Edwards

6 p.m. - Mikko Cowdery

6:15 p.m. - Brett Alsaker

6:30 p.m. - Steve Christenson

6:45 p.m. - Keith Martinson

7 p.m. - Tina and Lena

7:15 p.m. - Skilly and Duff

7:30 p.m. - Whiplash

7:45 p.m. - Program

8 p.m. - Lazy Boyz

8:15 p.m. - All Star Band

WHAT: Steven Scott Benefit

WHEN: Sunday, October 28, 4 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Carlos Creek Winery, Alexandria, MN