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April 19, 2008

Steelheaders are Tough - Take a Licking and Keep on Ticking

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Steelhead angler survives fall into Brule River and a heart attack

Burling “conservatively estimated” he spent 35 minutes in the cold current before being rescued by a passing angler. He was flown to Duluth’s St. Luke’s hospital by helicopter that evening. Doctors were treating him for hypothermia when he suffered a mild heart attack, said Dr. David Sproat of Duluth Internal Medicine Associates.

“I’m too ornery to die,” Burling said.

Understand, the man knows adversity. Since his early 50s, according to his family’s accounts, he has had two triple-bypass heart surgeries, six heart attacks (including Tuesday’s), three strokes, carotid artery surgery and surgery for colon cancer.

Via: Duluth News Tribune LINK

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