Update: Jonathan Ceplecha rescued after being pinned under a tree for four days, survived on plants, insects, his own sweat

Staff Writer
Redwood Falls Gazette
Redwood Falls Gazette

The following was provided on a Go Fund Me page dedicated to Jonathan Ceplecha of Redwood Falls who was rescused after being pinned under a tree for four days:

On Thursday morning, August 27th, Jonathan Ceplecha was cutting oak trees with a chainsaw on his property in Redwood Falls. He was on a hill in the woods behind his house, just far enough away to be out of sight and sound from anyone.

In a split second due to a freak accident, both of his legs were suddenly pinned down under an immovable log and his upper torso was now semi-twisted as he sat upright on the ground. His legs were broken instantly and he was in enormous pain but, with no phone on him and because he lives alone, there was nobody to hear or see him.

He was found by his ex-wife four days later on Monday evening, August 31st, after his family had grown concerned that he wasn't answering their phone calls. A local sheriff was at the scene as well, after the school where he teaches had requested a welfare check when he missed the first day of class on the same day.

Throughout his isolation, Jonathan ate plants and insects within arm's reach, drank sweat and rainwater that he collected in his clothes, and covered his head in his shirt during the nights to keep the insects off as he slept.

He kept his sanity by breaking down every day into hours, and each hour into 5-minute segments. As someone of a heavy faith, he prayed to himself often, and tried to distract himself from panic by meditating and inventing rhythms to follow from dawn to dusk.

Rescue workers carefully removed the log from him and he was flown to HCMC's intensive care unit in Minneapolis. He has already undergone surgeries and at this point, it is likely that both of his legs will be saved, but he faces a long road to full physical recovery and his feet are still in bad condition.

Thankfully, as a veteran the vast-majority of his insurance costs will be covered by the Veteran's Administration, but it is likely that there will be unforeseen gaps and expenses that arise from his slow recovery and eventual return to normal life.

He is a true survivor in every sense of the word. He is also an Army veteran, a teacher and a proud father. Thank you for your support.

Learn more or make a donation at www.gofundme.com/f/jonathan-ceplecha-survivor