URGENT! My cousin Keith is in the Army in Ft. Worth. He was in an accident and needs lots of prayers! A missile hit Keith's left hand and abdomen. Part of small intestines took out and repaired. His bladder was damaged but hopefully repaired. Left testicle damaged as well and bleeding a lot. Hopefully repaired. He lost all 4 fingers. He is on a ventilator and has had blood 3 different times. They will have to wake up his organs now and make sure they work. They are leaving him open until Friday in case more surgery is needed. If medics had not been on the field he would have bled to death. The Red Cross is going to be contacting the family, and his parents will be travelling down to be with him. He needs lots of prayers! He will be 20 next month. Thanks for all your prayers!
7/19 There is a little concern with Keith's bladder/urinary tract. It may be leaking. There was some sharpnel left in his hip because removing it might have been more harmful than leaving it in. However, it is causing lots of pain and because of that and fever, and some results from blood work, it seems as if there might be an abcess around it. He had a CT scan, but they will not know the results until tomorrow. If it is abcessed, they will attempt to drain it with a needle but if they can't do that, they will likely opt for surgery to remove the shrapnel, despite the fact that it is very dangerous to do so. Keith did walk some today but he continues having trouble with no appetite and it is very difficult to make oneself eat without the drive to do so and even harder for one's body to heal without proper nourishment.
Thanks everyone for your prayers. The community is totally supporting the family and is helping any way they can. They're selling shirts, bracelets, and having a poker run/spaghetti supper/auction to help with the expenses of a hotel and food for his mom. His did and sister had to go back home (to Kentucky) to get back to work, and his mom can only stay until August 1st.
7/20 he has had 3 bad days with pain. The doctors have found a piece of shrapnel lodged in his tail bone. He is running a 103 fever of course this mean infection has set in. The doctors think he may have a leak in his bladder.
Update on Keith 8/5 (copied and pasted): He was able to come home Saturday, and surprised the whole community by showing up at the benefit on Saturday. Later that night April (his mom) took him to the hospital with 102.3 temp. Yesterday morning they learned that there was another abscess and that they are going to put in another drainage tube. The drain tube was put in while conscious. Keith describes the pain as the worst pain he has had thus far. They have given him Novocaine to try to help with pain. Please pray for his pain level. Please pray for April as she is mentally exhausted and "numb". Pray for the doctors wisdom. The docs in BG will be collaborating with the docs in TX this, morning pray for clarity. April has a very important meeting this morning and needs prayers for a sound mind and prayers of favor. Again lets reach out to the family, he still has a long long road ahead.