MOUNT VERNON, Mo. -- They didn't think he'd live. Doctors considered pulling the plug. Then he was told his right eye would be blind and he'd never use his right hand again. But Mark Lindquist, 51, has a spirit to thrive, thanks to being found in time.
On Thursday morning, there was a reunion here that no one thought would happen. Three months ago, no one thought Lindquist would be seen, let alone joke again.
"I'd like to take all the nurses (home) with me," Lindquist joked to his guests at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center.
On May 22, Mark was working at a guest home in Joplin on Iowa at 22nd. As the tornado approached, Lindquist had three residents who had Down syndrome hide under a mattress. After the twister came through, the boys were found by the home and appeared to be fine. Rescuers found Lindqust impaled, two homes down in a pile of rubble.
"We heard moaning from behind a building," Brian Hamlet said.