Karl Biermann

Karl Christian Biermann is a 39-year-old disabled head foreman and mechanic, formerly employed by Pikewood National Golf Club in Morgantown. In 2005, Biermann injured his back at work and underwent three laminectomies – two spinal cord stimulator implantations and a double anterior spinal fusion. Then in 2016, his family was struck head-on by a distracted driver, shattering one of Biermann’s lumbar vertebra and breaking the wings off of his thoracic vertebrae.

For the past 14 years, Biermann has struggled with controlling chronic pain. Recently he had a spinal cord stimulator replacement procedure during which his old ANS stimulator battery was replaced with a new Boston Scientific unit. The results from this procedure have been good, giving Biermann hope that his need for medications will one day be lessened.

Despite those challenges, he has made peace with his obstacles and credits his incredibly strong wife, a registered nurse at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, with helping him stay positive about the future. The couple resides in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, on their family farm with their 9-year-old daughter and 3-month-old son.

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