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After falling 18 feet into grain bin in Hampstead, Pennsylvania man on road to recovery

Christopher Campbell ended up having to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania, for surgery on his legs. Doctors put three plates in his leg but haven’t done any surgeries yet to address his compression fracture in his back, according to Campbell.
Christopher Campbell ended up having to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania, for surgery on his legs. Doctors put three plates in his leg but haven’t done any surgeries yet to address his compression fracture in his back, according to Campbell. (Courtesy Photo)

Christopher Campbell, who had fallen almost 20 feet into a grain bin near Hampstead about a month ago, is now on the road to recovery.

In the early afternoon of April 30, Carroll County emergency responders received a call about a man trapped in a grain bin with a broken leg.

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According to Campbell, he was doing a job through LnR Feed and Grain trying to hang a stirring machine.

“We were hanging what we call a stirring machine and I was up on the ladder, on the inside of [the bin] and [his co-worker] was up on the roof and I hadn’t tied myself off like I should have,” said Campbell, who lives in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. “I was pulling [ up with a chain hoist and my foot had slipped out from underneath me and I started to go down. I was trying to catch the chain hoist to stop myself. Well, that didn’t happen, so I ended up landing on the floor.”

Campbell broke both of his legs and suffered a compression fracture in his back from the 18-foot fall.

It took the ambulance about five minutes to get to the grain bin in the 4500 block of Black Rock Road in Hampstead, and it took about 10 minutes to get Campbell out from the bottom of the bin.
It took the ambulance about five minutes to get to the grain bin in the 4500 block of Black Rock Road in Hampstead, and it took about 10 minutes to get Campbell out from the bottom of the bin. (Courtesy Photo)

Campbell’s co-worker made his way down the ladder to ask Campbell what he should do. Campbell advised him to call the customer they were working for, call the ambulance, call his boss and have his boss call his wife.

Campbell said he was frustrated at the bottom of the bin from dealing with pain and everyone trying to get in touch with him to figure out what was going on.

It took the ambulance about five minutes to get to the bin in the 4500 block of Black Rock Road in Hampstead, and it took about 10 minutes to get Campbell out.

“I went to Sinai Hospital and got what they call an external fixator put on there and I didn’t feel like staying in a hospital down there until they were done surgery,” Campbell said. “I asked to be released, they released me with statements saying that I need to find another trauma unit to get the surgery done at so I called around, hoping I could find somewhere close.”

Campbell ended up having to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania, for surgery on his legs, and he stayed there for two days and one night. Doctors put three plates in his leg but haven’t done any surgeries yet to address his compression fracture in his back, according to Campbell.

Campbell said he hasn’t experienced much pain since he got the back brace put on while he was at Sinai Hospital.

Even though Campbell is still being paid while in recovery, he’s ready to get back to work and out of the house — he hasn’t worked since the accident.

“I’m tired of sitting around,” Campbell said. “I’m used to working 40 to about 60 hours every single week. To go from that to sitting around the house not doing anything, I’m driving myself nuts.”

After the accident, Campbell said he is very grateful to the emergency responders who helped him get of the bin and with how quickly they responded.

“The way they tried caring for my leg when I was in the bin — I mean, yeah they had to lift it up and it hurt like crazy, but they tried to lift it as easily as they possibly could,” he said.

Campbell said he really appreciated that they asked him if he wanted to try to get his boot off instead of them just cutting off his shoe. Campbell spent about $150 on those boots and wanted to save them but ultimately, they were cut because they couldn’t get it off without cutting it.

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Campbell also received help from his uncle while in recovery who got him a walker, a wheelchair, a shower stool and finished out his ramp to get in his house. Waynesboro Bible Church also helped by taking meals to Campbell and his wife, trimming his bushes and installing an air conditioner in his window.

Campbell has a checkup for his back on June 5. He is also looking forward to starting physical therapy soon.

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