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Injured official recuperates

MARIPOSA -- Brad Aborn still isn't sure how he fell eight to 10 feet from a haystack on his Midpines ranch last month but is looking forward to the day when things get back to normal.

The 71-year-old Mariposa County supervisor crushed several vertebrae in his back Sept. 27 and was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno where he initially was listed in critical condition. He underwent a six-hour surgery the following day.

Aborn, who joined the Board of Supervisors last Jan. 8, said there is a little period of time he can't account for and he still doesn't know exactly how the mishap happened. He breeds Arabian horses and cares for a donkey and a couple of mules and isn't sure how the hay hook he was using to pull hay from an outside stack went awry and he took a tumble.

"I'm doing good. No one likes a back brace but I expect to be normal in three months. The pioneering spirit is still alive in Mariposa. I've had so many phone calls, offers to help, cards and visitors to the hospital," Aborn said.

Aborn and his wife Irene and family have lived in Midpines for three years and five months. He starts physical therapy Friday for the back injury. He thinks he will be back to work in two to three weeks but isn't going to push it.

Rick Benson, Mariposa County administrative officer, anticipates Aborn will be back for the board's first Tuesday meeting in November.

"We miss him. There are a lot of activities he's involved in. He sounds like he's anxious to get back to work. We are waiting for him to heal up. That's the important thing," Benson said.

Several agenda items have been held back waiting for Aborn to return, he said.

Irene Aborn said the accident was terrible but it's fortunate his injuries weren't worse. She said she is happy he is going to be OK and also appreciates the many offers of help from people in the community.

A former military helicopter pilot who saw action in the Navy in Vietnam, Aborn was released from the Fresno hospital a week ago. Aborn's district includes Yosemite National Park, Midpines and El Portal areas. He won election last November by 10 votes over opponent Lee Stetson.

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