It's kinda different when it's yours, right?
Many of y'all will remember me talking about my old partner and dear friend, George Goode, formerly of Little Rock, now of Springdale. George has a daughter, Melissa, with whom he moved in following the death of his wife. Melissa has two sons, Brandon (college) and Cameron (Senior in High School).
Last Saturday, Cameron and his buddies had been to the country home of one of the buddies' grandparents; they swam, tubed the river, etc. Typical stuff. No booze, no drugs. They were coming back on 412 from Siloam Springs to Springdale. They were on that big curve up the hill and to the left; like all teenagers, they were going too fast.
The buddies in front were in an Acura and easily handled the curve. Cameron, in his old pickup, apparently got off on the soft shoulder, overcorrected, and flipped his truck multiple times at high speed.
He was taken to Washington Regional Hospital where he remains. He has lung damage of unknown extent and is on a vent. No head injury of which anyone's aware. The bad part is the legs. Both are severely fractured; when he came in, the docs immediately considered amputating both at the hip. They are trying to save the legs; one had venous damage which was repaired surgically. Although the repair was successful, about 20% of the leg muscle necrotized and had to be removed. The other leg has compartment fractures and is still iffy at best. Both knees were twisted/ripped from sockets, the worst kind of knee injury.
If he walks again unaided on these legs it will be a minor miracle. (Docs told the family he'd never run again; they told him (gallows humor) that the only place Cameron ever ran was to the dinner table...like so many of us, Cameron's a big ol boy). He's receiving excellent medical care but could use all the prayers/kharma he can get (of course the family appreciates them as well).
Cameron McCall is his name, aged 17 years
3 hours ago