60 on 6: Parker Sebens, the little boy who lost his arms in a farm accident 13 years agoFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You first heard about Parker Sebens, 13-years ago, when he lost his arms in a farm accident. He was just three. Tonight, as part of our '60 on 6' look back, we see what Parker went through, and how the small town of Milnor opened its hearts to him and his family.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You first heard about Parker Sebens, 13-years ago, when he lost his arms in a farm accident. He was just three. Tonight, as part of our '60 on 6' look back, we see what Parker went through, and how the small town of Milnor opened its hearts to him and his family.
This would be the face, the little boy - not quite three - who would have us all on our knees praying for his survival September of 2000. After falling into a grain auger at the family farm near Milnor, Parker and his two arms packed in ice were flown to the Twin Cities. After a grueling 14 hour long operation, Parker was alive, his arms re-attached.
Dr. Jennifer Harrington - Parker’s Surgeon-2000: “Things are churned and crushed at multiple levels. It makes things nearly impossible. It was a very set of difficult operations we did on him.”
Back in Milnor, people in town were beside themselves. Green ribbons and pleas for prayers covered the town.
Jon Mund - Milnor Banker (September 2000): “It is pretty typical of what happens in a small town, but when you see it in your community it warms your heart.”
Days went by; Parker improved, to the point he started rehab. North Memorial in the Twin Cities threw a huge farewell party. Their 3 year-old patient had achieved celebrity status and was going home.
Dr. Harrington: “He is a bright spot in most people's day, but I am excited. He needs to get home and be with his family and his friends.”
The biggest homecoming of all would happen in North Dakota. On a bitterly cold November day, Parker would get a police and fire escort into town. Streets were lined with tear stained faces of those who welcomed their boy home. The town packed the school gym, the Twin Cities plastic surgeon who came, overcome with emotion at the outpouring of support.
Once home, Parker would spend his first Christmas going through all the toys and thousands of cards he received from people around the world. Life for the toddler would change forever, but nobody would predict just how amazing this Milnor Miracle could be.
Join us for that inspirational story Tuesday night at ten from Milnor.
Parker is a high school junior there, and wait until you see just how independent and determined he is, and what he has accomplished.