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Hunter critically injured after being impaled by tree limb

November 15, 2011

From WKYT.com

The hunter's daughter say it's a miracle he's still alive, following the freak accident in Lincoln County.

Doctors told his family they have never seen anything like it.

A Lincoln County man is battling serious injuries following a freak hunting accident.

Kinney Noe fell from a tree stand, and landed on a tree limb, which went through much of his body.

Noe's daughter say they can't imagine life without their father, but they know what happened early Sunday morning in Lincoln County easily could have been a deadly accident.

"He said, 'Kandis, I've been hurt, very badly,'" Noe's daughter, Kandis Noe, said.

Kandis Noe says her dad called her about 6:30 a.m. Sunday. He had been sitting in a tree stand when the strap broke, and he fell to the ground.

He actually landed on his feet, and the tree entered his right hip and abdomen, went up and stopped by his rib cage," Kandis Noe said. "Didn't penetrate his other side."

The limb did penetrate Kinney Noe's liver and lungs, and broke most of his ribs. He was airlifted to UK Hospital, where as of Tuesday night, he was still in critical condition.

His daughters say it's a miracle he even survived the accident.

Kinney is well known in Lincoln County through his family, friends, and business interests.

His daughters say that community has made a strong presence as he recovers at the hospital.

Noe's wife, Rita, says she wants to thank the EMTs and helicopter crew, who she says got him to the hospital just in time.

Rita Noe says had emergency crews arrived just a few minutes later, Kinney Noe probably would not have survived.

Kinney Noe's family says he will probably make a good recovery, but he may still have to deal with some permanent pain from the accident.

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