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Jeremy Frye November 13, 2008

Posted by amberpeace in friends, εκκλησία, relationships.
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On Saturday November 8, 2008, a young man I know, Jeremy Frye, went hiking with some friends at Grotto Falls, in Gatlinburg, TN, where he took a fall from the top approximately 30 feet to the ground below. After several hours, he was airlifted to UT Medical Center, where first assessments showed that he had a fractured skull, crushed vertebrate, severed spine, and blood around his lungs. The doctors said that short of a miracle, Jeremy would never walk again. Jeremy had surgery on the 9th. I’m not sure what all went on during the surgery, though I know it includes putting metal in his back.

Before the first surgery, Jeremy was completely responsive with his upper body. He could squeeze the doctors hands and lift and move both his arms. He could also follow a light with his eyes which means no brain damage or swelling. He did some test on Jeremy’s legs and lower body and although he didnt move he did make face and grunt when he was pinching. So he could slightly feel on his thighs but still nothing any lower. The most amazing news is that his spine is not seperated and his spinal cord is not severed, It is only bruised. There is no clear damage to the nerves.

He has 3 broken ribs on his left side and 5 broken ribs on his right and his right lung completely colapsed. His left collar bone is broken. He is on a 6000 calorie soft food diet through a feeding tube in his nose.

Yesterday, they went through the front of his neck to fuse some neck vertebra together.

There is a website http://helpjeremyfrye.com

Please pray for the Frye family. If you live in the Knoxville area, think about donating blood or platelets. He’s A+ and they will reserve for him specifically if you tell them. If you think you’re in a financial situation where you could donate anything to them, there is a page set up for that. Few people are well-off enough to deal with the medical expenses that are going to mount up for the Fryes, not to mention the fact that Jeremy is going to be out of work for a long time.

Thank you.

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