Fall from tree stand leaves man paralyzed

On Nov. 5 2012, Andy Giordon found himself lying face down in the leaves, struggling to breathe, unable to move.

After slipping off a rung of the ladder leading up to his tree stand, Giordon fell backwards and landed head first, breaking the C-2 vertebra in his neck as well as the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae.

“I thought I was done for,” recalled Giordon.

A collapsed lung and falling body temperature would have sealed Andy’s fate if it hadn’t been for his son Kyle and family friend Alan Smith.

Kyle, who suffers from a mild form of cerebral palsy, was also hunting that day across the road from the area where his father was lying on the ground, paralyzed. Having been instructed by his father to never go wandering through the woods, Kyle went about halfway to the tree stand and yelled for his dad. Hearing no reply, he returned to the