Joplin Survivor Dream Comes True

6 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Monday, October 31 2011 Oct 31, 2011 Monday, October 31, 2011 2:47:00 PM CDT October 31, 2011 in News
By: Todd Tumminia
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ST. LOUIS - Update on a story KOMU brought you earlier. Mark Lindquist's dream comes true and he attends a World Series game.

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Mark Lindquist, whose against-the-odds story of survival and heroism in the Joplin tornado touched people around the world, got some good news Monday: The insurance company that initially denied his medical claim agreed to pay.

Lindquist, 51, was hurt while trying to protect group home residents during the May 22 twister. Lindquist and a co-worker placed mattresses on top of three middle-aged men with Down syndrome in an effort to protect them from the tornado, even climbed atop the mattresses for added weight.

The group home residents died and Lindquist was in a coma for nearly two months, broke every rib, lost most of his teeth and suffered other catastrophic injuries.

Lindquist's job paid barely above minimum wage and he couldn't afford medical insurance.

He sought workers' compensation, claiming he was injured on the job. His company's workers' compensation provider, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, denied the claim in June "based on the fact that there was no greater risk than the general public at the time you were involved in the Joplin tornado," according to a letter from a claims adjuster.

The decision was devastating because Lindquist's medical bills already are more than $2.5 million, and rising, his sister, Linda Lindquist Baldwin said last week.

 

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