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June 4, 2008

Barrel-racing accident breaks both legs of nurse

Brenda Boyles, Byng resident, is in surprisingly good spirits even though she literally doesn’t have a leg to stand on. She’s thankful that within three months she can expect to begin rehabilitation, learn to walk again, and return to her job as a registered nurse.

Always a rodeo enthusiast and a skilled equestrian, Brenda still loves horses though she admits to being a little miffed at her most recent steed. She was breaking in a new horse at barrel racing last week, and somehow there was a failure in communication. The horse ran into a wall and extracted Brenda from the saddle.

She was taken to a bone and joint hospital in Oklahoma City where she discovered that she had broken the femur (thigh) bone in both legs. She was returned to Valley View Hospital for rehab but actually is not able to participate in physical therapy at the moment because she cannot bear any weight on her legs. Encased in two complete leg casts, she is currently at home in her third floor room at the hospital. It will take three months for those large bones to heal; then she can begin rehabilitation.

Brenda went directly into nurses’ training after graduating Byng High School. From there, she put in 25 years as an RN at the hospital where she is now a patient. She currently works at the Konawa Family Medical Center, a job she looks forward to resuming when she again has two legs to stand on.

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Jerry and Lou Jean Studebaker are both at home after participating in mission programs in Managua, Nicaragua. Jerry has been home for a couple of weeks after his stint at a Pastors’ Conference there. He feels very fortunate because this time the box of books and supplies he brought with him got through customs without a single item being confiscated. Officials at Customs into that country have earned a reputation for being corrupt and taking any or all items that they want. Jerry says he doesn’t know if the officials are becoming more ethical or if he had failed to include popular items in his luggage. He has not been so fortunate in the several times he has gone to Nicaragua in the past.

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