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Alex Balluff and his mother, Debbie, shared their story of his traumatic brain injury caused by a impaired driver Tuesday morning at the Northern Minnesota Safety Conference. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

‘I lost my old identity’; Drunk-driving victim shares his story at conference

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BEMIDJI — Sometimes, as she thinks back to the drunk-driving accident that nearly killed her then-18-year-old son, Debbie Balluff admits to sometimes feeling pissed off.

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Now 22, Alex, who now has no short-term memory and requires 24-hour care, said his word choice would be a bit stronger

“My life is forever changed,” he said. “I’m no longer who I once was.”

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