Former LSU lineman Matt Branch was involved in one of the more bizarre hunting accidents we’ve seen last year. He has revealed that he nearly died after the incident, and had to have a leg amputated.
Branch and his family were on an annual duck hunting trip in late December. As they loaded equipment into the truck, a dog jumped onto a gun.
He managed to turn off the safety and pull the trigger with his paw. He wound up shooting Branch, very nearly killing him and causing his leg to be amputated.
Matt Branch technically passed away twice, but was luckily resuscitated by paramedics.
He recently spoke to the Clarion Ledger about the harrowing incident:
“I remember pretty much everything about that day up until about an hour after the accident,” Branch said. “I passed out, passed away — whatever you want to call it.”
Branch used the words ‘passed away’ because in reality, he died.
“I coded for probably over an hour,” Branch said. “It was two different times. They (medics) worked on me and brought me back.”
Branch, who played for the Tigers from 2008-2011, spent 12 days unconscious. He had nine surgeries in that time, including the full removal of the affected leg.
Luckily, the former Tiger is keeping a pretty positive outlook on things.
“There were definitely times, especially in the hospital and some times after, you feel isolated,” Branch said. “You ask yourself why you lost a limb.
“But at the end of the day, you’ve still lost a limb. I decided early on to try to be positive. I still have bad days. I’m going to have bad days. I’m just going to try to best I can so I can work through it.”
Branch has returned to work, walking on a titanium prosthetic leg. He says he plans to hunt again, too.