first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p “I remember pretty much everything about that day up until about an hour after the accident,” Branch said. “I passed out, passed away — whatever you want to call it.”Branch used the words ‘passed away’ because in reality, he died.“I coded for probably over an hour,” Branch said. “It was two different times. They (medics) worked on me and brought me back.”Branch, who played for the Tigers from 2008-2011, spent 12 days unconscious. He had nine surgeries in that time, including the full removal of the affected leg.Luckily, the former Tiger is keeping a pretty positive outlook on things.“There were definitely times, especially in the hospital and some times after, you feel isolated,” Branch said. “You ask yourself why you lost a limb.“But at the end of the day, you’ve still lost a limb. I decided early on to try to be positive. I still have bad days. I’m going to have bad days. I’m just going to try to best I can so I can work through it.”Branch has returned to work, walking on a titanium prosthetic leg. He says he plans to hunt again, too.[Clarion Ledger] LSU offensive lineman Matt Branch prepares for a play.ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 3: Matt Branch #79 of the LSU Tigers lines up to block against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Athens, Georgia. LSU won 20-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Former LSU lineman Matt Branch was involved in one of the more bizarre hunting accidents we’ve seen last year. He has revealed that he nearly died after the incident, and had to have a leg amputated.Branch and his family were on an annual duck hunting trip in late December. As they loaded equipment into the truck, a dog jumped onto a gun.He managed to turn off the safety and pull the trigger with his paw. He wound up shooting Branch, very nearly killing him and causing his leg to be amputated.Matt Branch technically passed away twice, but was luckily resuscitated by paramedics.He recently spoke to the Clarion Ledger about the harrowing incident:last_img read more

The Deputy Minister met with US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Commerce Arun Kumar and Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asia Michael Delaney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Programmes William Craft, and Deputy Vice President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Thomas Kelly. It was reiterated that US engagement in Sri Lanka through its development agencies such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and MCC will continue to evolve to assist Sri Lanka in meeting its needs and priorities, both in short and long-term. (Colombo Gazette) The United States was this week briefed on the latest developments taking place in the reconciliation process in the country, the Foreign Ministry said today.Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva was on a brief visit to the US capital to continue Sri Lanka’s expanding engagement with the United States on multiple areas of cooperation. During his conversations, the Deputy Minister briefed the officials on recent developments in Sri Lanka with respect to reconciliation as well as economic and investment policy reforms.Recalling the government’s twin policy objectives of reconciliation and development, he reiterated the Government’s aim to ensure a peace dividend for the people, for the country to progress toward enduring peace and development. The US Government officials acknowledged the vast progress Sri Lanka has made since the Government came into office last year.The Foreign Ministry said that the regular visits by high level US officials to Sri Lanka mirror the interest and the potential for multifaceted engagement with the United States in the burgeoning bilateral relationship.Ongoing cooperation with Sri Lanka under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) since December 2015 is yet another important element of US bilateral development assistance to Sri Lanka. During his meetings he requested the US Government to urge American businesses to invest in Sri Lanka. This was emphasized at several bilateral discussions he held with U.S. officials in Washington D.C, the Foreign Ministry said. read more