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Man hit by ice at Bridal Veil Falls will be hospitalized for weeks hundreds of miles from home

Apr 14, 2022, 7:59 PM | Updated: Jun 20, 2022, 1:23 pm

Family of a man hit by falling ice at Bridal Veil Falls explains he’s lucky to be alive, but his recovery is made complicated by the fact that he’s hundreds of miles away from home.

The ice-framed cascade of water in Provo Canyon is a popular bucket list item for Utah visitors. Luis ‘Louii’ Santos decided to visit on his trip to Utah from Yuma, Arizona.

He was in awe of the falls, and so much so, that Louii immediately texted his twin brother Jose Santos, as he hiked around the area on April 7.

“’I’m hiking, I’m by this waterfall,’” Jose recounted, of what Luii said in his message. “And he actually had sent me a picture, you know, ‘I’m really happy, right close to the waterfall.’”

Jose said he texted back, “Be careful.”

The next communication Jose received, was a call that a chunk of ice crashed onto Louii’s head. Search and Rescue had to lift Louii out of the area by helicopter, and rush him to the hospital.

Jose said Louii was unresponsive and in a comatose state.

“I tried to make sure, you know, ‘Is he close to death? Is he going to pass away on us? Or what’s going to happen?’ You know?” Jose remembered, of what he asked the doctors. “But they told us that it was pretty bad, the accident is pretty bad.”

Jose said that his brother suffered a fractured skull, brain bleed, broken jaw and broken bones in his face. To make things worse, all of Louii’s family had to watch it unfold from out-of-state.

Jose explained that he and his parents were able to drive up from Arizona, but Jose couldn’t stay the several weeks Louii is expected to remain hospitalized here.

He’s back home and getting daily updates on how his twin is doing.

Jose cautioned about the importance of keeping in mind the dangers when visiting such a popular place, and taking steps like staying on the trail.

He’s glad Louii alive, Jose just hates that his brother is going through this so far from home

“He’s doing really good, considering how he was,” Jose said. “But there’s still a lot of work to do.”

While the family is hopeful for Louii’s continued recovery, Jose added that with him being hospitalized out-of-state, they expect the medical bills to really pile up.

They’ve started raising money through a GoFundMe to help Louii pay those bills and make it back to Arizona to recover when he’s released from the hospital.

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