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Man injured in Russian helicopter crash comes home

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Posted at 4:48 PM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 09:49:06-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A man who was injured in a Russian helicopter crash last month has returned to his Utah home.

Mike Trabert was in Kamchatka, Russia skiing with a close friend when an unknown reason caused the helicopter he was on to crash. Everyone on the helicopter survived, but Mike suffered serious injuries, including a broken neck and broken ribs.

According to University of Utah’s Dr. Andrew Dailey, Mike will need to wear a neck brace 24/7 for the next three months to see if his neck will fuse. Additional surgery may be required at the end of that time period, Dailey said.

The Trabert family created a GoFundMe account after the incident and have since passed their $110,000 goal for medical expenses.