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In this March 28 photo Tom Soukup watches a video feed at a hospital in Wagner that connects its clinic with Avera Health physicians in Sioux Falls, SD. The 72-year-old was badly injured in an accident four years ago on his ranch. When Soukup arrived at the clinic in Wagner the doctor on duty used Avera's telemedicine network to connect with Sioux Falls doctors who talked him through treating the rancher's injuries. (AP photo/Jeremy Waltner)

Rural clinics increasingly turn to telemedicine

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By Regina Garcia Cano

WAGNER(AP) — Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the chest.

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