UW redshirt freshman center Joe Hedstrom had a big scare scare when his father almost lost his life from a bicycle accident on April 5. (Photo: Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
MADISON – Joe Hedstrom feared the worst when he learned the details of the gruesome injuries his father suffered during a bicycle accident on April 5 in Minnesota.
Peter Hedstrom suffered a traumatic brain injury, a skull fracture, a broken collarbone, three broken ribs, bruised lungs and a fractured ear canal.
“Once you hear that you break down a little bit,” Hedstrom, a redshirt freshman center on the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, said by phone Tuesday. “Your thoughts when things happen like that tend to go to the worst-case scenario. So, I definitely thought about things like that.”
About losing his father, who is only 59.
Later that night, doctors delivered an encouraging update.
“It was great news when we heard he was stable,” Hedstrom said. “He’s not going to die today. He’s going to make a full recovery, Lord willing.”
The 16-plus days Peter Hedstrom spent in a hospital, including the first five in the intensive care unit, tested the strength of the family members, brought them closer together and in the end buoyed their faith because of the generosity of others who raised more than $17,000 through a gofundme page.
“It has been crazy to see the amount of support,” Joe Hedstrom said. “It has meant a lot to us.”
The ordeal started on a gorgeous spring day near Lake Minnetonka. Joe Hedstrom and his brother Eric were fishing. Peter Hedstrom and his wife, Sharon, went for a bike ride.
“They were going down a hill,” Joe Hedstrom explained, noting his father was wearing a helmet. “It’s a crappy part of the road with so many little divots and pot holes. They both had both hands on their bikes. They weren’t doing anything crazy. It was a freak accident in my mind.
“And my dad is so steady and careful. He is very careful about always driving the speed limit, always wearing a seat belt and always wearing a helmet, which was a huge deal.
“The helmet saved his life the doctors told us.”
According to Joe Hedstrom, his father was rushed by ambulance to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. His mother was allowed to ride along.
After spending five days in the intensive care unit, Peter Hedstrom was moved to a trauma rehabilitation floor. He was discharged from the hospital and returned home on April 21. According to Joe Hedstrom, his father is aware of his surroundings, speaking clearly and glad to be home. He isn’t allowed to drive or return to his job at a non-profit organization, however.
“Honestly, it’s just a miracle that he is doing as well as he is and he has been able to make such amazing progress in the last three weeks,” Joe Hedstrom said.
Sharon Hedstrom was the only member of the family allowed to see
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The beat goes on at Stahls Automotive Foundation despite the COVID-19 closure of the Chesterfield Township museum.
Daily demonstrations of museum music machines on social media and a recent video chat with Jim Edelman and Tom Daldin of the television show “Under the Radar Michigan” are helping keep the museum in the public eye.
Stahls Automotive Foundation is a nonprofit that preserves, restores and exhibits vintage vehicles, music machines and memorabilia of the 20th century. It is located at 56516 N. Bay Drive in Chesterfield Township.
Due to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding COVID-19 and also governmental executive orders, the museum closed on March 17 according to Stahls Automotive Foundation’s General Manager Terri Coppens. The museum’s normal hours are every Tuesday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Coppens said that shortly after the museum was closed, she offered an online virtual tour walk through and played a few of the music machines. The tour can be seen on the museum’s Facebook at facebook.com/stahlsautomuseum/.
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The online video chat with Jim Edelman and Tom Daldin of television’s “Under the Radar Michigan” took place on April 1, and is currently on Facebook for both the show and museum, Coppens said. Facebook for “Under the Radar Michigan” is at .facebook.com/UTRMichigan/. The show was scheduled to visit the museum the week of April 6 but due to the COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, the visit was rescheduled as a video chat.
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