The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old May 20, 2009, 02:59 PM   #1
fisherman66
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 22, 2005
Location: Rhome, TX
Posts: 4,641
Tred Barta - Spinal Stroke

Quote:
From Sport Fishing magazine

On his way to Alaska to tape his TV show, Tred Barta recently suffered a rare occurrence called a spinal stroke. He is currently paralyzed from just below the chest down. Prognosis is way up in the air at the moment. His message to everyone is… "Don't take a single second of your life for granted." Send him best wishes at tred.barta@bartaiso.com.
Tred's show is the only hunting show I bother to catch anymore. I don't always agree with his opinions, but I have the utmost respect for his techniques and willingness to be as real as possible. Godspeed in your recovery, Tred.
__________________
la plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas!
fisherman66 is offline  
Old May 20, 2009, 03:20 PM   #2
B. Lahey
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 17, 2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 2,840
That's too bad, that guy's a live one. Somehow I suspect it won't slow him down much, he'll just lash himself to a horse and learn mounted dangerous-game longbow hunting. It'll just give him a whole different class of records to go after...

"First paralyzed man to take a cougar with a knife, hand-catch a 500lb tuna, bear-hunt with a spear made out of a cheesegrater, etc..."

Get well soon Tred!
__________________
"A human being is primarily a bag for putting food into; the other functions and faculties may be more godlike, but in point of time they come afterwards."
-George Orwell
B. Lahey is offline  
Old May 20, 2009, 04:36 PM   #3
dalegribble
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 4, 2007
Posts: 861
I am deeply sorry to hear of Treds health problem. I found his show by accident one day and it is a breath of fresh air on my hunting channel. I try to watch him every chance I get. I love his everyman approach to hunting, no hunting clubs, no tree stands and corn feeders for him. I have never met the man but he feels like a friend to me, at least someone you would love to go hunting with. Get well soon Tred you have a job to do and no one does it better. God speed.
__________________
Waltzes with woofs
dalegribble is offline  
Old May 20, 2009, 06:07 PM   #4
cdc2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: September 20, 2008
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 6
A tragedy, reminds you to be thankful for every day spent with family, friends and the outdoors. Good Luck Tred!!!!!!
cdc2008 is offline  
Old May 20, 2009, 07:01 PM   #5
simonkenton
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 25, 2008
Posts: 891
Thanks for that heads up, I hadn't heard.
That is one rare ailment, I was a Paramedic for 13 years and I never had heard of it.
I googled it up, it is bad news. Good chance he will not recover.

I have really enjoyed his shows on tv, he is a bad ass. Give the man a long bow and he will take on the world. I have seen him make kills with homemade arrows with flint points.

Hang in there Tred, I hope you will recover.
simonkenton is offline  
Old May 21, 2009, 06:14 PM   #6
bwheasler
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 22, 2009
Location: Indianapolis In
Posts: 108
Get well Tred

Like him or not ,you have to like his enthusism. He'll tell like it is, and if you don't like change the channel. I loved his show and to have anyone have that twist of fate thrown in you lad is never easy. But, before that he lived every day as it was his last hunt and then it was. We should all do the same, don't wait, just do it.
bwheasler is offline  
Old May 22, 2009, 12:31 AM   #7
bcarver
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 22, 2007
Location: Jackson,Mississippi
Posts: 836
handmade bow

He took a grizzly bear with a authenic/handmade bow arrow at so close you could spit. It was super cool.
bcarver is offline  
Old May 22, 2009, 06:20 AM   #8
VaFisher
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 24, 2006
Posts: 596
Saw this on a different forum for Dean.

Update: 'Encouraging signs' in Tred Barta's condition
Wed, May 20, 2009
An update on Tred Barta's condition (May 20) from Dean Travis Clarke:

Just got off phone with Tred Barta and wife Anni. He had packed to travel to Alaska for a bear hunt for his TV show. Put his bag in his truck, Returned to house and then on way back to truck felt loss of feeling in his left leg. Decided to walk up mountainside behind house to make sure he could handle the rigors of hunting in Alaska before getting on plane. Condition worsened, so he immediately went to doctor. Doctor ordered ambulance to take him to hospital where MRI, CT scan, etc determined he'd suffered a spinal "Stroke." Quite rare – afflicting approximately 12 of 100,000 people in the U.S. each year.

Within four hours, he had completely lost feeling in both legs up to a point halfway between his chest and navel.

Tred and Anni seem to be taking turns being supportive and dejected. Fortunately, they seem to balance each other that way. He will soon be transferred to Craig Rehab Center in Denver. Craig is a non-profit freestanding hospital that has been rated every year in the Top Ten Rehabilitation Hospitals by US News and World Report since the ratings began eighteen years ago. Craig Hospital .

Though last night was tough, today finds some encouraging signs. He has been able to respond to stimulus causing his toes to curl. The paralysis has lowered to about navel level. He seems to have regained some slight sensation in his right leg. Results of blood and spinal fluid tests also seem encouraging.

I will continue to keep in touch with him and will pass along news as warranted so as to not have EVERYONE contacting him all the time. He seems remarkably positive and upbeat this morning. Keep them in your thoughts and please live YOUR life as though this could happen to you tomorrow!

Dean Travis Clarke
Executive Editor
VaFisher is offline  
Old May 22, 2009, 04:49 PM   #9
fisherman66
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 22, 2005
Location: Rhome, TX
Posts: 4,641
Quote:
today finds some encouraging signs. He has been able to respond to stimulus causing his toes to curl. The paralysis has lowered to about navel level. He seems to have regained some slight sensation in his right leg. Results of blood and spinal fluid tests also seem encouraging.
That's fantastic news!!!
__________________
la plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas!

Last edited by fisherman66; May 23, 2009 at 08:27 PM. Reason: citation for my excitement
fisherman66 is offline  
Old May 22, 2009, 06:50 PM   #10
Daryl
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 11, 2008
Posts: 2,350
Sad to hear of him having a spinal stroke, but I'm glad there's hope for recovery.

I've been through some rough times with health issues myself, and wouldn't wish something like that on anyone. I pray he recovers as well as I have; or even better.

Daryl
Daryl is offline  
Old May 23, 2009, 07:56 PM   #11
Fat White Boy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 18, 2005
Posts: 1,276
Sorry to hear about this. He is unique, that's for sure. I doubt if I could be around him any length of time but he is fun to watch....Hope has a full recovery and gets back in the field and back out to sea,,,
Fat White Boy is offline  
Old May 23, 2009, 08:24 PM   #12
Swampghost
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 18, 2008
Location: Florida, east coast
Posts: 2,106
All of my best to Tred!

I always read the back page of Sport Fishing magazine first. I love the guy for not holding back on his opinions. IMHO, he's ususally correct.

He also gives back in major numbers. Over $2M to get kids into fishing, I don't know about the hunting side but would expect about the same.

We need more Tred's.
__________________
NRA Patron Member
Swampghost is offline  
Old May 24, 2009, 08:40 AM   #13
Gbro
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 20, 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 2,056
I will echo the statement,
Quote:
"Don't take a single second of your life for granted."
A friend and Co-worker had the very same stroke. He is wheel chair bound and takes life as it comes.
I have never seen his show and will have to do some searching to find it.
I will pray for him.
__________________
Gbro
CGVS
For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, But to us who are being saved, It Is The Power Of God. 1Corinthians 1-18
Gbro is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.09080 seconds with 9 queries