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Nels Hadden Update

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PORTLAND, Ore-- Monday marks seven weeks at a Portland hospital for 46-year-old Nels Hadden of Milton-Freewater.  

Hadden pulled over on I-84 to help with one car accident, before being in the middle of another.  It has been a struggle ever since. 

We were first told he would need 12 surgeries.  But he has had close to 20.  Part of the problem is Nels' has put on over 70 pounds in water weight, which has complicated a number of procedures.  But doctors are telling his wife he's doing better, which she calls a miracle.

"They're very surprised by how well he's doing," says Nels' wife Betsy.  "They're surprised he survived this at all, and for a guy that has as much injury as he had, internal injury and broken bones and whatnot, they're very pleased with him."

Betsy is self-employed and has lost most of her clients because she's spent her time with her husband.  She had to sell her car and trailer.  Nels is still paralyzed from the chest down.  He has another surgery Tuesday on his leg.  They hope that's his last. 

Nels has been accepted into a Denver rehab center.  Doctors will evaluate him to determine a timeline for recovery.