Fordyce Teen Defies Odds, Becomes Ambassador

Landyn Keiser, a teenager from Fordyce, Nebraska, is overcoming incredible odds after a UTV accident left him with extensive injuries. In May 2021, Landyn was injured when the UTV he was driving tipped in a gully, pinning him face down behind his knees. Landyn suffered from compartment syndrome in both of his lower extremities, a condition where the circulation, muscles and nerve are affected. With over 50 surgeries, several skin grafts, and nearly two years of rehabilitation, Landyn is pushing forward to inspire others.

Sanford International, in partnership with Sanford Health Foundation, recently announced that Landyn has been named the 2023 Sanford Children’s Hospital Ambassador. Erin Sanderson, Executive Director of the Sanford Health Foundation, stated that Landyn’s motto is “can’t stop, won’t stop,” and he is grateful for his willingness to share his story to help inspire children going through incredible challenges.

Dr. Jared Daniel, a surgeon specializing in pediatric orthopedic trauma at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, took Landyn to the operating room to try to treat his compartment syndrome with a fasciotomy. “To help preserve life and limb, you have to do something immediately,” said Dr. Daniel. Landyn and his family faced the difficult decision of either salvaging his legs or moving forward with amputation. Despite the early predictions that he would never walk again, Landyn’s determination has allowed him not only to walk but also to play sports such as basketball, baseball, and football.

Landyn comes to Sioux Falls once a week for physical therapy and strength training at the Sanford Fieldhouse with his family. As an ambassador, Landyn will represent Sanford Children’s Hospital at tournament events throughout the year. Davis Trosin, tournament director for Sanford International, expressed that the ambassador is a special part of the tournament and serves as a reminder of the true purpose of the event – to give back to the community by helping children and their families.

Losing most of the muscle that could have died, Landyn’s remaining muscle can be conditioned and built up, but what’s gone is never coming back. With his inspiring story, Landyn will be seen hitting the ceremonial tee shot during the opening ceremony this fall. Landyn’s incredible story of determination, strength, and resilience continues to inspire others to never give up, no matter the challenges that life may throw their way.

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