Yuma worker injured by saguaro recovering well

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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The wife of a Yuma city worker seriously injured after a 16-foot saguaro cactus fell on him says that her husband has come through surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Billy Mason suffered a broken back and numerous other injuries and has been in intensive care at the Yuma Regional Medical Center since the Tuesday accident.

His wife, Felisha Mason, tells the Yuma Sun (http://bit.ly/MpGBjd) that her husband had successful back surgery on Thursday and that doctors expect him to make a full recovery without nerve damage.

Mason was responding to an emergency water leak in a Yuma subdivision when the cactus fell on him and pinned him.

Other members in his work crew freed him and called 911.

Saguaro cactuses can weigh several thousand pounds, depending on how much water they're holding.

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