Minn. Boy Rescued from Snow Tunnel: 'I Closed My Eyes and Prayed'

Updated: 02/20/2014 7:25 AM
Created: 02/19/2014 10:07 AM
By: Steve Patterson

Twelve-year-old Steven Morse is still trying to make sense of what happened Tuesday evening. "I closed my eyes and prayed, and I fell asleep I guess," he siad. "I'm shocked that I'm here even.”

He was playing in a snow fort in Baldwin Township in Sherburne County when things took a turn for the worse. His father, Bradley, says his son has Asperger’s Syndrome, and at times he can be unresponsive. That is what he thought was happening when his son stopped responding to him while playing in a snow fort. But then he noticed it was something else entirely.

"When I actually climbed up on the snow bank and looked in, and I couldn't see anything above his hip; I knew he was buried at that point,” he said.   

Meanwhile, inside of the fort, Steven was trying to stay calm in the midst of calamity saying, "I went onto my back and I saw a dim light which gave me just that much hope for me to be able to keep breathing."

At that point, Bradley began digging his son out. After getting snow cleared from Steven's mouth, he was able to breathe, but remained unresponsive. Soon after, Steven was flown to North Memorial Medical Center.

When Bradley was asked what was going through his head as his son was taken away by air, he said, “I've never been that scared in my life."

The next thing Steven knew, he woke up in the emergency room. "I don't remember a thing. It's just blank,” he said.

While Steven doesn't remember much, his dad, Bradley, will never forget. Later that night, Bradley and his son returned home, safe and sound, but thoughts kept racing through his mind.

"I didn't get to sleep until about 2 a.m; I just couldn’t sleep," he said. "I spent a lot of time watching him and worrying."

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