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Teen recovering from serious leg injuries, mom says

Conant student injured fixing snowmobile

A Rindge teenager injured in a Dec. 21 accident involving a snowmobile remains in the hospital but will be able to keep his legs, according to his mother.

“He’s doing good,” said Tara Hruska in a phone interview on Tuesday. Tara’s son, 15-year-old Jake Hruska, is a Conant High sophomore who sustained serious injuries to his legs while helping his father, Steven Hruska, work on an older model Arctic Cat snowmobile at their North Street residence in Rindge.

Jake was holding the rear of the snowmobile so his father could open up the throttle late in the afternoon several Saturdays ago. When Steven Hruska accelerated the snowmobile, the track, which police said was old, broke free and cut through the teen’s boots and into his legs.

“It was just a freak accident,” Tara Hruska said. She added that others do the same thing with their snowmobiles and have no problem. “The snowmobile just wasn’t running right,” Tara said.

Jake Hruska was transported to Monadnock Community Hospital and eventually UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., where he underwent two surgeries on his legs. According to Jake’s mother, his left leg was more seriously hurt, though both legs had nerve damage.

Hruska has another surgery scheduled for today. Tara Hruska said that her son will be recovering in the hospital for some time.

In the meantime, the Hruska family has been receiving “a lot” of support from family and friends. Jake, who his mother described as liking hunting, fishing, “and hanging out,” has had friends visit him at the hospital. “Everybody’s been really supportive,” Tara said. “We really appreciate the support and prayers of families.”

When asked about her husband, Steven, Tara said that the first few days after accident were rough for him, but things are getting better. Tara described her family as one that is devoted to the Christian faith, one that finds comfort through prayer during ordeals like this one.

“God is good,” Tara said.

Elodie can be reached by phone at 924-7172 ext. 228, or by email at ereed@ledgertranscript.com. Elodie is also on Twitter @elodie_reed.

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