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Advanced Steering System Helps Farmer After Devastating Injury
Updated: 12/21/2015 @ 3:22pm
It was an autumn day like any other for Trent Satterthwaite. The Chelsea, Michigan, farmer was unloading corn into his grain bin, a chore as routine as changing the oil in a tractor.
“As I went to pull samples to check the moisture, the pulley on the grain cleaner caught the hood of my sweatshirt,” he says. “I was able to pull myself loose, but the hood and left sleeve of my sweatshirt weren’t so lucky.”
Thinking he had escaped serious injury, Satterthwaite, who grows corn, soybeans, and wheat, went on with the rest of his day. “My arm hurt, but I thought it was no big deal,” he remembers.
As he hit the fields the following spring, the pain intensified. “The more I used my left arm, the sorer it got. Eventually, I couldn’t use it at all because it hurt so much,” he says.