Hello friends and family,
This is roughly what happened to Caleb Saturday afternoon to clear up any confusion.
caleb was hiking with some friends along the occoee river on sat. afternoon. the group came to a clearing and caleb wanted to climb an electrical tower to try and see the river. he made it to the top, but on the way down he slipped and hit a live wire. he was electrocuted, and fell onto another live wire. his body went limp and he fell about 40 feet to the ground, but on the way down hit the electrical tower and cut his shoulder to the vein. the rescue team took about two hours to find them on the mountain. caleb's roommate was with the group and has some medical training and they were able to put pressure on his arm and keep the bleeding to a minimum. the rescue team lifted him in the helicopter and took him to the hospital in chattanooga. he was awake and answering questions when the brought him into the emergency room. they performed surgery sat. night. On Saturday morning they lifted him to the burn center in the hospital in nashville. as far as injuries go, he does have burns on his chest, torso, legs, arms, and feet. They did take out part of his small intestine, part of his colon and has a bruised lung. His lungs and heart are strong. They do have him on a respirator, because he is heavily sedated and his body needs to rest and recover. They are worried about his arm, they had to take out part of the muscle up by his shoulder where it hit the live wire. they haven't said anymore about the condition of his arm though. i don't know about his foot, i haven't been told anything about that. he is in critical condition but he's stable. his body is swollen from the burns and they are keeping him hydrated. his family had arrived in nashville and they are with him now. The doctors have confidence that he will pull through. he is a strong and healthy young man, but has a long road of recovery ahead of him. he does need a lot of prayer, and so does his family. please pray that God will provide for them while they stay in nashville to be with caleb.
That was the initial situation Saturday night and all day Sunday.
This is the update for what Monday has brought.
Caleb went in for surgery this morning at 8:00 and was only supposed to be there for 1.5 hours but didn't get out till 11:00. As it turns out, Everything they went in to check on was doing really well. They don't think they are going to have problems with his colon, which they thought they would have to do a temporary colonoscopy. All the internal organs are stable and working properly. His bladder is working again; He is still on the ventilator because of sedation. His circulation to both his left arm and legs is much improved which has almost ended any thoughts of amputation. The next big hurdles are going to be tackling the burn wounds which are primarily on his chest, left arm pit, neck, right foot/ankle and legs. Also, his facial nerve needs to be reconstructed. The doctors want to extubate him today which would help his breathing and allow things to clear out quicker. The obvious problem with this is that it means they have to reduce the pain medication which has kept him unconscious but allowed things to be relatively painless. The benefit to this would be that we would be able to talk to him and encourage him, but the pain could be really intense so be praying for that. Please check this blog before you contact us or family just to reduce the amount of phone traffic; everyone has been on the phone non stop which isn't exactly relaxing. Thanks for your prayers in this. The family is super encouraged after this last surgery and truly feel that this is not only the best case scenario but the direct result of hundreds of people praying. Well done everyone, we serve a Great God Huh?
Zach and Charlie
1I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
3He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.