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Fla. man badly hurt trying to retrieve Steelers cap from monkey in Bali

| Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
Jeff “Swede” Swedenhjelm is fighting for his life after he fell from a roof while chasing a monkey that had stolen his favorite Pittsburgh Steelers cap.
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Jeff “Swede” Swedenhjelm is fighting for his life after he fell from a roof while chasing a monkey that had stolen his favorite Pittsburgh Steelers cap.

DESTIN, Fla. — A Florida man now living in Bali is fighting for his life after he fell from a roof while chasing a monkey that had stolen his favorite Pittsburgh Steelers cap.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reported that Jeff “Swede” Swedenhjelm fell 33 feet on Monday.

Villagers took him to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with severe damage to his spinal cord. He was paralyzed from the chest down.

Lyric Swedenhjelm, who lives in Destin, said the family is trying to get her father to a country with a spinal specialist. She said Swedenhjelm is in a medically induced coma and is on a ventilator.

The family has started a fundraising page on GoFundMe, which has already raised more than $42,000.

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