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St. Charles man released from Regions Hospital after near-electrocution

LEWISTON/ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A man from St. Charles severely injured in a near-electrocution in Lewiston has been released from Regions Hospital in St. Paul and sent home to continue his recovery. 

The accident happened when Jesse Halling, 31, was working with his brother Sam trimming a tree in the backyard of a friend's home at 40 Williams Street in Lewiston the evening of July 9.  Apparently a steel cable they were using to try to make a tree limb fall the right way was blown by a gust of wind and made contact with a nearby high-voltage power line.  Halling was holding the cable and the current passed through him, rendering him unconscious and stopping his heart.  His brother used CPR until Lewiston paramedics got there to shock him with a portable defibrillator three times to bring him back.

Jesse Halling had been improving steadily at the burn treatment center of Regions Hospital, and family members have been posting updates on a Caring Bridge web site to keep friends and neighbors updated on his recovery.

Facing significant medical expenses, Halling's family has set up a benefit account, and here's how you can help.  Donations are being taken at any Home Federal branch; please note that the donation should go to the "Jesse Halling Benefit."

The family says Jesse and his fiancée Nina Jacobson are planning a wedding for this fall; they are the parents of two children, Jacob, age 6, and Aiden, who is 20 months old.

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