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Woman injured in Platteville tornado returns home and continues recovery

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Platteville (WKOW)-- For many residents in Southern Wisconsin, the storm on June 16th already feels like a distant memory. Nearly a month has passed since a handful of tornadoes swept through the region leaving devastation in their wake.

The storm caused millions of dollars in damage to homes, businesses and the UW-Platteville campus. Only a handful of people, including resident Carrie Gates, were injured during the event.

"If I keep moving, I'm doing well. If I stop, I kind of lock up and things get a little more difficult," Gates says.

27 News first introduced you to Carrie Gates when she first started her treatment at UW Hospital. Nearly a month later she is finally able to go back home. She's still recovering from spinal fractures, broken ribs and a punctured lung she sustained when a tornado ripped through her Platteville home.

"I don't even know how I'm still here after what I went through. I shouldn't be," Gates says. "Somebody was watching out for me or a couple people I think."

Gates' homecoming doesn't mean it's the end of her journey, merely a happy milestone. The next phase started this past week with her new physical therapy regimen to repair her broken back and ribs. The therapy is painful and tedious, but Gates says its' better than sitting around and doing nothing.

"They expect a full recovery, which is amazing. I still can't believe it. I'm able to heal from it and hopefully move on," Gates says with a smile on her face.

In the weeks following the tornadoes, hundreds in the Platteville community are still wrangling with their own laundry list of problems. Gates is amazed at how many have shown their support and praise despite being affected by the storm themselves.

"Without them, we wouldn't be recovering as well," Gates says. "I can feel that I have a lot of people praying for us. It's an amazing feeling."

Community members have organized a special fund for the Gates family to help them with their ongoing medical bills.

Donations can be sent to:


Dupaco Community Credit Union

Carrie& Josh Gates Benefit

P.O. Box 179

Dubuque, Iowa 52004-0179

 

 

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Platteville (WKOW)-- For many residents in Southern Wisconsin, the storm on June 16th already feels like a distant memory. Nearly a month has passed since a handful of tornadoes swept through the region leaving devastation in their wake. Community members have bonded in a way many couldn't have foreseen as neighbors work together to rebuild after the devastating storm.

The storm caused millions of dollars in damage to homes, businesses and the UW-Platteville campus. Only a handful of people, including resident Carrie Gates, were injured during the event.

"I don't even know how I'm still here after what I went through. I shouldn't be here," Gates says. "Somebody was watching out for me, or a couple people I think. I'm just so lucky."

Gates was thrown from the second story of her home during the tornado and experienced numerous spinal fractures, broken ribs and a punctured lung. She was treated at UW Health in Madison and earlier this week was finally allowed to go home.

"It's so nice to be amongst my family and friends. They mean the world to me. Without their support, my recovery wouldn't be going this well," Gates explains.

Tonight on 27 News at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m., Gordon Severson checks in on Gates' progress and her hopes for the future.


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