A 47-year-old St. Paul man was charged Friday in Washington County in connection with a Lake Elmo crash that severely injured two young women. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Jon Ross Wentz faces eight felonies of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm involving negligence, blood alcohol and controlled substances in his system.
It could be the first-ever surgery of its kind — where a man’s leg was actually transplanted onto his spine — and it only came about because of an extraordinary way the patient met his doctor.
An estimated 1.2 million Americans have suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis, according to the Steve and Dana Reeve Foundation. Beyond the statistics, however, the foundation is trying to get some of those people walking again. And a Minnesota teenager is determined to become one of them.