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DLM5216 "You're walking!" said Natalie Blood, 6, bottom center, as her sister Emily Blood, 10, right, watches from her uncle's wheelchair as he walks with the help of braces on his legs that lock them straight and a walker. Andy Blood tries to practice walking in this manner often, but it is difficult and painful for him as his stiff legs tremble beneath him. The trembling is known as spasticity and it is accompanied by tremendous nerve pains. In May of this year a jury awarded Andy Blood nearly $40 million in a lawsuit he filed against Qwest after he was paralyzed in a work related accident involving a telephone pole owned by the company on June 29, 2004. About $11 million of that money will go towards his life care plan, the estimated medical and injury related expenditures he will face over the course of his life. Blood was an apprentice lineman for Xcel Energy and was working at the top of a pole near the corner of West 58th Avenue and Pecos Street in Adams County when it collapsed and plunged him 25 feet to the ground causing major spinal injuries. In the lawsuit Blood and his attorney William Keating claimed Qwest was to blame because it had failed to inspect and repair the rotting pole. Photo taken Thurs., Aug. 2, 2007. (DARIN MCGREGOR/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) **Emily Blood (cq) Natalie Blood (cq) **Andy Blood (cq) **William Keating (cq)

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