LANDER - It was four hours on Nov. 5, Andy Giordon lay waiting on the ground after falling on his head from a tree stand, before he was found by a friend who then called 911.
The EMTs and the paramedics worked to stabilize Giordon, raising his body temperature to normal before the ride in the helicopter to Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Giordon learned he had a broken neck and three broken vertebrae, along with a collapsed lung. He was eventually transferred to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh for rehab. Learning to live with paralysis was on the menu for Giordon, his wife, Betty and their son, Kyle. He returned home on Jan. 15 with many lifestyle changes.
To help with all the medical expenses involved, a spaghetti dinner will be held from 4 p.m. until everything is gone on Saturday in the Lander Volunteer Firehall. The cost is a donation. A Chinese auction will also be held.