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Blind man hit by vehicle upgraded, is reunited with his guide dog

WILLMAR -- Thomas Sykora, the 58-year-old blind man who was run over by a vehicle Monday evening, has been upgraded to serious condition at St. Cloud Hospital.

According to postings on Sykora's web site, Sykora suffered multiple broken ribs, a broken right ankle and a broken right scapula.

He was taken by Willmar Ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital and was later airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital.

In addition to treatment for the broken bones, he has tubes draining fluid from his chest, supplemental oxygen and was receiving pain medication and antibiotics to combat infection through intravenous fluids.

He had been transferred out of the intensive care unit on Wednesday evening.

Posted at 8:35 a.m. Thursday: "This morning dad is in the most pain he's been in thus far.

The PCA isn't effective for adequate pain control so he's also receiving stronger oral pain medicine too." PCA is an acronym for a method that allows a patient to administer his own pain medication periodically.

Family members had brought his guide dog, Nectar, to see Sykora. "She was choking herself, pulling like a sled dog, just trying to get to his side. We put the bed rail down on his left side so she could nuzzle his arm. She hasn't left his side since. :)," the post said.

As of Thursday afternoon, no criminal charges had been filed against Willmar dentist Gary Lee Mattson, 55, who allegedly struck Sykora and ran over him around 6 p.m. at the intersection of First Street and 19th Avenue Southwest.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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