Injured musher remains in serious conditions

Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Salcha musher injured when his dog team ran into a low-hanging tree is paralyzed and in serious but stable condition.

Bob Stroecker, 55, was injured Thursday about a half-mile from his home during a training run.

He hit the overhanging tree head first and was knocked from his sled. He lay unconscious for about 30 minutes before friends found him face down in the snow.

Medics from Salcha Rescue pulled Stroecker out of the woods on a sled towed by a snowmachine and then transported him to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Rosie Redding, who had been helping Stroecker train his sled dogs, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that Stroecker suffered a fractured skull and is paralyzed from the shoulders down as a result of a spinal cord injury. She said it's not known if the paralysis is permanent.

Stroecker was upgraded from critical to serious condition on Friday afternoon.

''As soon as he's more stable they're going to send him down to Seattle,'' Redding said.

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