Samantha (Sam) Lindquist, a mother of two from Ashby, has lost her arm as a result of a tractor rollover last week. According to a CaringBridge page set up for her, Lindquist was attempting to mow a dirt-bike path for her sons when the tractor went over a mound and she could feel the ground getting soft under her tires, and realized the vehicle was going to tip.
The tractor rolled over her at least two times, and left her with severe trauma to her right arm. The CaringBridge story said she was too far away for anyone to hear her screams for help. She was able to free herself and walk 200 feet to the lake trail road where she was discovered by her son, who went to fetch his grandmother, a registered nurse who treated the wounds and brought Lindquist to the Elbow Lake hospital. She was eventually airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale where she received emergency surgery to remove her right arm a few inches below the shoulder.
Lindquist serves as treasurer of the Lakes Area Alpine Ski Team, an organization that has rallied around her by posting messages on its Facebook page. Lindquist had a second surgery to “clean up” the amputation and a third surgery is pending. A prosthetic device is something that would come further down the road.