Daily Archives: April 24, 2007
Most of the citizens of Barrhead and surrounding communities know the Preugschas family. Whether it was through their kids being involved in sports and 4-H, or through the family’s pig farm out in Bloomsbury, chances are you know them. On June 2, 1997, their world was changed forever. On their way home from a wedding in Minnesota, they were in a car accident. 18 year-old Nolan was killed, and 16 year-old Trina broke her neck and was paralyzed from the neck down.
Following the accident, Trina spent close to 4 months at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital where she underwent daily Physical Therapy. When she moved back home, her work continued. In addition to re-joining her class at Lorne Jenken High School, her rehabilitation progressed. She developed a home program and worked for several hours each day. One winter, Trina traveled to Edmonton daily for 4 months to partake in an experimental treadmill program. The Preugschas’ have even gone as far as Switzerland to work with equipment that is specially designed to recover spinal cord injuries. They purchased two of the machines for home use, and they have been well-used by Trina.
Kristen Smith, a family studies senior, stood in the sun in the New North courtyard remembering her friend Michael Brent.
“We always sat outside and talked about all the things we had in common,” Smith said. “He never let his Disability stop him; he had the same dreams as everyone else.”
Michael Brent, a UK graduate student who was left paralyzed after a car accident in high school died last week from a viral infection. He was 27.