Couple Miraculously Overcomes Horrific Rock-Climbing Accident

Couple Miraculously Overcomes Horrific Rock-Climbing Accident

Unfortunately, most of us will not escape life unscathed. We are all going to experience trying circumstances. Those times will often leave us puzzled and demanding answers. One young couple experienced such a situation that challenged them both in ways they could have never imagined.

On June 30, 2018, Kaylene and Josh Baker went rock climbing in Big Timber, Montana, according to the clip posted on YouTube. Kaylene and Josh both enjoy rock climbing, but on that day, they decided to try someplace new. Little did they know that day would forever change their lives. 

During one climb around lunchtime that day, Josh was climbing as Kaylene remained on the ground. She was helping with the ropes Josh was using to scale the wall.

At one point, about 40 feet up, Josh got stuck. In order to free himself, Josh had to place his shoulder into the wall, put his hand up and then pull. That’s when things went terribly wrong.

As Josh freed himself, rock fell and landed on Kaylene. 

Through tears, Josh recalled the horrific scene.

“And I looked down, I saw Kaylene faced down and she was missing her leg. And I thought she was dead,” he told NBC’s Today Show.

First responders quickly raced to the grisly scene. They loaded her on a stretcher and took her to the ambulance. Kaylene suffered several massive and gruesome injuries.

“Her sternum was broken,” Crystal Christison, Kaylene’s mother said. “Broken ribs, broken scapula. I believe her foot was broken. She had a collapsed lung. Her back was broken. Her nose was broken, a dissected artery in her neck.”

Flash forward to more than a year after the accident, to August 2019, Kaylene has been fitted with a prosthetic left. Kaylene is also without her left forearm. She admits they have had their fair share of struggles as a couple. 

The clip shows Kaylene enduring physical therapy and reuniting with the first responders who helped save her life. The couple even returns to the site of the devastating accident. Kaylene and Josh were overcome with emotion.

However, Kaylene refuses to let her accident keep her from enjoying rock climbing. The clip shows Kaylene climbing an indoor rock wall!

The clip moves forward once again to December 2022. Kaylene and Josh are now proud parents to a baby boy! Their beautiful child was born in May 2022, Kaylene mentions in the clip.

Although Kaylene admits she is limited in what she can do as a mother, she and Josh make trade-offs in parenting their baby. 

Through the adversity and all their struggles, the couple has and continues to persevere. Kaylene gives glory to God for the work he has done and is continuing to do in her life. 

“The big part of my life of how I can keep moving forward is my faith,” Kaylene said. “I feel like God helps center me and help me to remember who I want to be and how I want to live.”

Romans 2:7 “To those who go on with good works in the hope of glory and honor and salvation from death, he will give eternal life:”

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