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Surgeon: Bigler ‘making good progress’

July 31, 2012
Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - The surgeon for Southwest Minnesota State University head men's basketball coach Brad Bigler said Tuesday that Bigler is recovering well from his injuries and is "making good progress."

Bigler suffered broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and a punctured lung in Saturday night's car crash near Starbuck.

"It's important that he be allowed to rest and regain his strength so that he can make a full recovery," said Dr. Michael Bauer in a news release put out by SMSU on Tuesday.

Bauer also said that Sharon Schuler, Heather Bigler's grandmother, is also doing well following surgery and will continue to improve.

The three, along with the Biglers' five-month-old son, Drake, were in the car that was hit head-on by another vehicle driven by Dana Schoen of Starbuckwho is facing three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide charges and a gross misdemeanor DWI charge. His blood alcohol level was measured at .351 at the time of the crash.

Drake Bigler was killed in the crash.

Brad Bigler posted a thank you note on his Facebook wall Tuesday, saying how humbled he is by the support he and his family has received the last couple of days. "We have a long ways to go, but we have started the healing process," Bigler wrote. "Drake and Grandma Diane Bigler-Hagenow are angels above! Drake likes to be tickled on his neck Mom! =)"

Diane Bigler-Hagenow, Brad Bigler's mother, was killed in a kayaking accident last year.

The SMSU athletics department, on behalf of the Bigler family, requests that all cards and letters of support be sent to:

SMSU Athletics

Attn: Bigler Family

1501 State Street

Marshall, MN 56258



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