LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - He says he would be dead if not for a series of miracles.
A hunter impaled by a tree during a fall is sharing his story only with WKYT.
Kinney Noe returned to the place this week that changed his life.
"I have the promise of life," Noe said. "And to be able to testify and tell my story to many people."
His story started November 13 of last year. He was deer hunting 25 feet up in a tree stand.
Suddenly, something went wrong and he fell. A 3 inch thick tree impaled him as he fell.
"Up through my abdomen, colon, up to my liver and my diaphragm," Noe said.
The first miracle he says was that he survived. Another he believes is that he had enough cell service to call his daughter, and that help arrived within minutes.
"And I said, 'Do me a favor, call my wife and tell her I love her and the girls very much. If I don't make it through,'" Noe recalled.
Now after almost a year Noe's life is still far from normal.
"Sometimes some things good come out of those that wait. I've waited. And I'm still waiting," Noe said.
Kinney Noe spent 69 days at UK Hospital's ICU..healing and recovering every day since then. And it's been a process that his wife, Rita, has been right there by his side doing things that she admits she is surprised she's been able to do.
She cleaned out his wound every two hours, even at night, because it could not be completely closed until this past September.
"There was never any time that I said I can't do this anymore. But I had that inner strength," Rita Noe said.
"She has been with me since day one. And has been there for everything," Kinney Noe said.
Their family has grown closer and Noe's been the subject of numerous blood drives and prayer vigils. Noe himself says he's a better man now because of all of it.
"And I give all the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And it's turned my life around. Made me rededicate my life to the Lord," Noe said.
Noe believes he still has about 6 to 8 months of recovery left, but he vows when it's all over he will hunt again.
Noe credits paramedic Aaron Stamper with making the critical decision to leave the tree limb in him during the flight to UK Hospital.
Noe says that decision saved his life.
As you may remember, Stamper was recently honored for his work in helping Jalen Smith, an 8-year-old Lincoln County who nearly lost his leg in a hayride accident.