- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - A 23-year-old Kelso man who fell into a machine that breaks up clumps of wood bark is out of a Vancouver hospital and recovering at his mother’s home.

Frank Arce Jr. says support from his family and friends is one reason he was able to leave the hospital Saturday - sooner than doctors expected.

He was injured on the job Jan. 23 at Swanson Bark & Wood in Longview when he went through the machine that uses 6-to-7-inch-long tines to break up clumps.

The Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1duMf0n) he broke seven ribs, a toe, his ankle and pelvis. He suffered an open fracture to his knee, numerous cuts and a collapsed lung. He’s had seven surgeries.

Arce hopes to regain most of his movement but still faces a long recovery.

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Information from: The Daily News, https://www.tdn.com

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