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Man becomes 12th tornado victim

September 24, 2007

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Liberal man dies from injuries caused by Greensburg tornado

Max McColm died Wednesday at a health care center in Overland Park - making him the 12th victim of the storm. He was 77. Enlarge video

— A Liberal man who was hurt in the May 4 tornado that destroyed Greensburg has died of injuries he suffered that night, making him the 12th victim of the storm.

Max M. McColm, 77, died Wednesday at the Indian Meadows Health Care Center in Overland Park, his family has confirmed.

McColm was staying with his daughter, Beverly Volz, in Greensburg while recovering from shoulder surgery when the tornado hit. Volz, 52, died May 5 in Dodge City.

McColm's grandson, Ross McColm, of Lakewood, Colo., said his grandfather suffered brain damage after he was hit in the head with a large piece of metal. He fell into a coma and was taken to a Wichita hospital. At the end of June, he was moved to the long-term acute care center in Overland Park.

He regained partial consciousness in mid-July and was told his daughter had died, said his son, Matthew McColm, also of Lakewood, Colo.

Matthew McColm said his family appreciated the support it had received from Liberal residents and his father's neighbors.

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