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Outpouring of support for family of young father who suffered spinal injury

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Diving from a boat on Lake Minnetonka has left a young father with a severe spinal injury, but the family is receiving an outpouring of support from the community.

Kirk Ingram, a 2009 graduate of Concordia University in St. Paul, dove off a pontoon boat on Lake Minnetonka over the weekend and struck the bottom, seriously injuring his neck, his GoFundMe Page says.

His friends, as well as a nearby doctor and EMT, helped rescue him, the page notes. He was unconscious and not breathing, FOX 9 says.

Ingram was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center, where he underwent hours of surgery, the page notes. Doctors told family members they successfully stabilized his spine, but he has no feeling in arms or legs, and that damage could be permanent, his family wrote on the GoFundMe page.

However, Ingram, his wife Melissa and their 2-week-old daughter Alexa, have been overwhelmed with support from the community, FOX 9 says.

In just a day, the family's GoFundMe page has raised more than $41,000 of its $50,000 goal.

Someone has also set up a T-shirt fundraiser for the family to represent his recovery and his love of the Minnesota Gophers, with all proceeds going to the Ingrams. It's raised $2,160 as of Tuesday morning.

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