Farmer Overcoming Horrific Harvest Accident with Positivity and Faith

December 24, 2018 04:00 AM

The holidays and starting a new year is always a great time to reflect on life's lessons and count the reasons to be thankful. For one Indiana woman, it's a second chance to spend time with friends and family. 

Laurie Hayn lives and farms with her husband in Marshall County, Indiana. This past season, the avid hiker and mountain climber, faced a horrific accident on just their second day in the field. 

Laurie had climbed out of the tractor she was driving while pulling the grain cart. The combine driver didn't see her out in the field. When he did, it was too late. She lost an arm and a leg but says that God saved her life.

AgDay-TV Reporter Betsy Jibben and photojournalist Russ Hnatusko share her story in the video above.

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Heidi Stuber
Tremont , IL
2/24/2019 04:00 PM

  Our son, Joshua, slipped on soybeans and fell into an auger on June 5, 2018 while working at our grain elevator. He was life flighted to a trauma 1 hospital, OSF, in Peoria IL. Every medical person from the ambulance to his surgeons tell him they don’t understand how he possibly lived. Joshua was alone in a bin working when his accident occurred. We know it was the Lord who pulled him out. Joshua actually pulled himself over to turn off the auger, climbed out of the bin and yelled for help. His coworkers at Tremont Grain Cooperative literally jumped on top of him to attemp to stop the bleeding. Thankfully Joshua is alive but his life is a brand new journey. He was 32 years old at the time of the accident. He has a beautiful wife, Morgan, and 3 little boys. James and John were both 5 and Levi was 2 1/2. Joshua has had 3 surgeries and is a complete hip disarticulation. Less than 1 % of amputees have a hip disarticulation. He is currently working with Rotter Prosthetics and has his first prosthetic leg. Nothing has stopped Joshua only slowed him down. He helped with the harvest after adapting the tractor clutch to be a hand lever. Joshua has always hoped to farm but this future is unknown at this time. There’s so much more to this story. I’d love to be able to speak with Laurie and compare stories.

Becky Mear
Plymouth, IN
12/28/2018 11:45 PM

  What an uplifting interview. I admire your strength and your positivity.


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