Determined Duluth teen: Mason's making progress |

Determined Duluth teen: Mason's making progress

Updated: March 09, 2021 06:41 PM
Created: March 09, 2021 07:48 AM

It's been seven weeks since their world changed in an instant. But now, a major update. Mason Branstrator can extend his right leg at the knee.

This clear sign of muscle movement is something Mason's father Donn calls, "a gift of grit and prayer."

The Duluth teen had lost feeling in his legs after a ski accident back on January 18th. But he's come so far already.

We spoke with Mason on Saturday, before his workout at the gym. The 17-year-old told us, "There have been little things happening, like having feeling back in my left leg. In this amount of time, it's a really a huge step for me."

He went to say that many people may not understand spinal cord injuries. "Little progress is really just huge progress in the grand scheme. It's only been a month and half. This will really take a year to fully see through, and even well past that, there's going to be recovery. It's not going to happen in a matter of months, but it is happening. That's what I want people to know."

His days are packed at Craig Hospital in Denver. He's using different equipment to help him stand, keep his legs moving, and work his upper body strength. He has school to keep up with. And occupational therapy to help him learn how to navigate life in a wheelchair.

Plus, he's made strong friendships with teens and families who are going through the same thing.

"It's just an amazing kinship. We are so happy we came here," shared Stacy Crawford, Mason's mom.

The family is so grateful for the continued support back home. "The outpouring of love has made the world of difference, we are so honored by the kindness," Crawford added. 

They plan on returning in April, after several weeks of outpatient therapy. Mason's older sister is visiting this week.

And they hope you keep sending your prayers, energy, and light their way, for more wiggles and movement. 

Mason's soccer buddies have organized a T-shirt fundraiser. The order is open through Wednesday. Text Kai Hoffman with your size and name. 218-393-9944.

UMD students and alum are doing a virtual concert to support the family. It's coming up on March 19th.

This is the link to the GoFundMe account:

And this is the link to the CaringBridge site:

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