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Rehberg Staffer Regains Consciousness Following Boat Crash

The state director to Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) appears to be on the mend following a serious boating accident on the night of Aug. 27.Dustin Frost suffered a skull fracture and brain trauma after the 22-foot motorboat that he, Rehberg and three others were in crashed on the rocky shores of Flathead Lake, Mont. Frost sustained the worst injuries of those involved and remained unconscious for more than a week.Frost is “conscious and speaking,— Rehberg spokesman Jed Link said Tuesday. “These are very, very positive reports.—News reports said Frost sat up for the first time Sunday, a big step forward considering he had been kept in a coma since the accident to ease his brain injuries. Frost will require major physical therapy.Link declined to discuss the possible negative political consequences of the accident for Rehberg. The Montana Republican was not driving the boat when it crashed but he, like others aboard the boat, had been drinking beforehand. “I think he’s concerned about Dustin,— Link said. Rehberg’s blood alcohol, taken at the hospital after the accident, registered 0.05 percent, less than the legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent.As of Monday evening, Frost’s family was celebrating that the 27-year-old staffer had been upgraded from stable to fair condition, according to a Web site they created to give updates on Frost.“Things continue to progress. The change today has not been as pronounced and rapid as yesterday but Dustin continues to interact and work through the process. We are pleased with the process and happy to report that he has been moved out of ICU. That is our thank you Jesus’ for the day,— reads the Web site.The accident left Rehberg with a broken ankle and fractures around his eye. He is returning to Washington, D.C., by train Tuesday since doctors said his injuries prevented him from flying.

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