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TREMONTON — A teen from Tremonton is fighting to regain the use of his legs after an accident at Scout camp left him badly injured.
Luke Bennett, 14, was working as a volunteer at Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Bartlett in Idaho last week when he fell as much as 40 feet from a tree.
“All of them were climbing the trees and things like that and he was like, ‘I can climb that tree,’” said Morgan Capener, Bennett’s sister.
Capener said Bennett suffered a burst fracture to his L1 vertebrae and his spine has since been fused in the area in a six-hour surgery.
“That’s already eight screws and two rods in there,” Capener said, pointing to an X-ray image on her tablet.
Capener said doctors were unsure if Bennett would walk again. “He hasn’t felt anything from the waist down in the back, and he cannot feel his feet, his toes or his ankles,” his sister said.
Capener said Bennett has remained determined, upbeat and hopeful.
He has already accomplished much at a young age, according to his family, including achievements with the National Honor Society and Hope of America, as well as in football.
He attained his Eagle Scout by the age of 13, Capener said.
“He loves it, loves teaching people, loves being outdoors,” she said. “He’s just a huge part of our family.”
Capener said Bennett has a long, expensive road ahead and the family has been grateful for support from the community, including contributions to the teen’s GoFundMe* page.
“Your faith in humanity goes up to know all these people care that are basically strangers,” Capener said.
She said the family was remaining practical while hoping for a day when Bennett may walk again.
“They tell us to prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” Capener said. “We’re hoping for the best.”
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