Wife of Minnehaha Academy Explosion Victim says Leg Amputation Surgery Successful

August 09, 2017 10:27 PM

The wife of a man listed in critical condition as a result of injuries suffered in an explosion at Minnehaha Academy says his third surgery on Tuesday was successful and that he is continuing to improve.

In a statement, the wife of Bryan Duffey — an assistant boys soccer coach at the school — said a surgical team at Hennepin County Medical Center was able to successfully close up his leg after an amputation surgery.


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The statement also says if Duffey continues to improve, one more major skin graft surgery will take place.

"Our family is so grateful for all of the support that we have received and all of the resources that have come into our lives in the last couple of days," Duffey's wife said in the statement. "Although I feel overwhelmed so much of the time, I also feel the support that we are surrounded by is lifting some of the burden off of my shoulders. Thank you to everyone for your continued thoughts and prayers."

Also Wednesday, Minnehaha Academy released a statement, "to pray for all those impacted by last week's tragedy as we make plans for the future."

One week after the natural gas explosion rocked the campus and claimed two lives - Ruth Berg and John Carlson - mourners stopped by the campus to take it all in.

"It's a lot to handle for the people who go here," said Matisse Bolstrom.

Despite the afternoon downpour, Karen Kloser drove by to pay her respects to the facility from which her kids graduated.

"I wanted to," she said. "I needed to. It's part of the grieving process because even though it's a building it means a lot to us."

Another memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the life of 47-year-old Ruth Berg, the school's longtime receptionist.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. 


Rebecca Omastiak & Beth McDonough

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