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A Minnesota mother was left paralyzed in a freak hammock accident


Alyssa Pfannenstein was lying in a hammock with her boyfriend, watching her 4-year-old daughter play in the park over Labor Day weekend when the unthinkable happened.

Suddenly, one of the 15-foot birch trees Pfannenstein and her boyfriend had attached the hammock to came crashing down on top of her, according to CBS affiliate WCCO.

"All of the sudden this big boom hit me in the back of the head."
Alyssa Pfannenstein

“All of the sudden this big boom hit me in the back of the head,” Pfannenstein told WCCO.

The falling tree broke the 25-year-old's neck and left her paralyzed. A GoFundMe page set up to help with her medical expenses notes that Pfannenstein shattered her C5 vertebrae and only has a little mobility in her arms.

Pfannenstein has been in the hospital for weeks, but according to the GoFundMe page, she is "in very good spirits."

“We just want to appreciate every miracle,” her boyfriend, Justin Janssen, told WCCO. “Accidents happen and we will get through this like anything else.”

Pfannenstein will be entering a rehab facility to help her gain more mobility, WCCO reports.

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