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One of the first came when his brother, sitting near his hospital bed, joked to someone else in the room that Macklin was a slow reader. Macklin couldn’t speak, but he made a hand gesture to show his brother what he thought of the joke.
“His big brother was making fun of him and Connor slipped him the bird,” said Knight. “We were all so excited. It was the bird heard ’round the world,” she laughed.
Once Macklin was awake, his family had to tell him about the death of his close friend, Sotona. “It was kind of like going through it all over again,” said Knight.
Macklin spent time in a St. Paul rehabilitation hospital, where friends visited him and helped with therapy or just charting his progress.
Macklin stood up and walked a short distance on Tuesday when Kettler visited.
“It took a while, but his sense of humor is coming back,” Kettler said.
On Wednesday, Macklin moved to a rehabilitation facility in Michigan to be closer to his family.
“He’ll get back into the Minneapolis music scene and everybody wants to see that happen,” said Knight. “The other part of [the Triple Rock benefit] is remembering Brody. He was one of the sweetest people you would ever meet.”
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