DENVER — A West Fargo man, seriously injured in a Fourth of July diving accident, is making progress at Craig Hospital in Denver.

Cody Binstock, 21, suffered a critical neck-spine injury that left him with partial paralysis in his arms and legs.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Binstock went through hours of physical and occupational therapy, trying to stimulate the muscles in his legs, core and arms. It's a much different situation than the Fourth of July, when Binstock jumped off the dock at Lake Melissa.

When he did not resurface, his brother, Tyler Binstock, saved him.

"I pulled him out of the water and did CPR until the ambulance got there," Tyler Binstock said.

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Cody Binstock's family was left with grim news as surgeons pieced him back together: He had suffered a C5 injury to his neck.

"Because he had CPR for so long and had drowned, after his surgery we were told he would have brain damage," said Cody's mother, Jamie Binstock.

Cody Binstock with his mother, Jamie Binstock. Submitted photo.
Cody Binstock with his mother, Jamie Binstock. Submitted photo.

Cody Binstock has been at Craig Hospital in Denver recovering and rehabilitating. Because of the pandemic, it has been hard, with few social outings with other patients.

"It was hard at first because you didn't relate to other people, that this was my life now," Cody Binstock said. "But after a while, you realize people are going through the same things as you, and it is good to talk about it."

Progress has been slow but steady. When he had first arrived, he could barely lift a finger. Now, he can raise his arms.

His family is amazed at the community support and fundraisers their son has received. It's a reminder to them that, despite the accident, there is reason for optimism.

"It has made me appreciate a lot, especially since I am getting better," Cody Binstock said. "Being a patient at Craig, it was hard seeing people that didn't have that potential to get better."

Cody Binstock with his physical therapists at Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Submitted photo.
Cody Binstock with his physical therapists at Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Submitted photo.

"It doesn't surprise me, because he has amazing character," Jamie Binstock said. "To me, it is very rewarding that he sees how lucky he is and the potential he has."

Once Cody Binstock returns home to West Fargo, there will be special equipment he will need. Fundraisers for him through Lend a Hand Up and CaringBridge.org are ongoing.