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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Jacob Neid benefit set for Nov. 16

  • Jacob Neid, 25, of Sleepy Eye, was injured in a construction accident in Iowa on July 31.
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  • Jacob Neid, 25, of Sleepy Eye, was injured in a construction accident in Iowa on July 31.
     
    A benefit is being planned at the Eagles Orchid Inn on Saturday, Nov. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the benefit will assist Jake and his family with hospital bills.
     
    The accident occurred when a 250 pound door frame knocked him off the scaffolding crushing his face. Jake was flown to Sanford Hospital where bone chips were removed from his brain and metal mesh was used to replace the front of his crushed skull. He received more than 100 stitches on his face and neck, as well as a socket to reset his right eye. He has undergone lung surgery, neurosurgery, dental surgery and facial reconstruction surgery. Jake has also lost vision in his right eye.
     
    “It happened on a Tuesday afternoon. The next thing I remember is waking up in a hospital three days later,” Jake said.
     
    Jake continues to stay upbeat and positive despite having this accident.
     
    “It was just that–an accident,” Jake said. “It could have happened to anyone.” 
     
    He was able to go back to his construction job toward the end of October.
     
    “Everything is healing good and I don’t have any pain,” Jake said. “I’m getting used to having vision in only one eye. Driving is difficult, but I’m getting used to that too.” 
     
    Jake and his girlfriend, Felicia, are the parents of a 13-month-old son, Leo. Jacob is the son of Mary Neid and Lynn Neid, and the grandson of Martin Neid of Okoboji, Iowa and Rita Wersal and Leo E. and Lorraine Schroepfer, all of Sleepy Eye.
     

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