I’m a close personal friend of Caleb who is just trying to help him. I’m located in Pensacola Florida and Caleb resides in Milton Florida. The funds are going to caleb to cover
the costs of unpaid medical bills that will arise. Yes he does have insurance but we all know insurance does not cover 100%. Also Caleb is out of work and will be out of work if until all this passes.
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February 3 at 3:48pm ·
Just over 48 hours ago Mike and I received one of those phone calls a parent never wants to get. Around 8pm on Wednesday evening, Mike receives a phone call with a panicked voice on the other end, “Your son has just been in a motorcycle accident and he’s unconscious.” All kinds of thoughts went along with just two words: motorcycle and accident.
We are delayed in posting this Bc of the bizarre and unique circumstances and we needed to hear from Caleb and it has taken a few days to do this as we only get bits when he wakes up.
He was driving home on 87 (under construction) and the car in front of him flicked out a cigarette and he didn’t see it. One in a million chances, but it landed in his half-zipped ICON motorcycle jacket. He was feeling hot and next thing he knows he sees bright orange and realizes he’s on fire. Being on a motorcycle fanned the fire and wearing a nylon jacket it was a double accelerant at 40 mph. He drove into the grassy ditch jumping off, trying to pull off his jacket, dropped and rolled, and then pulled off his helmet and the flaming cotton long-sleeve shirt.
Eyewitnesses saw the whole thing and one of whom was military, stopped and helped. To us 5 strangers are our heroes that night.
Caleb had the wherewithal to turn off his bike and told Mike’s phone number to the girl, then laid on his stomach and passed out. These people kept us informed all the way until we got to the scene.
When we arrived we saw the burned circle smoldering from his shirt and the only thing left was the cuff. Everywhere we looked were lights of first responders doing what they do to treat our son as we had to stay on the sidelines.
The bystanders formed a line to search for his phone, so we could stay with the scene and it was finally found about 100 feet back from the scene. These people stayed with us through the whole ordeal.
The medics life-flighted him to USA Medical Burn Center in Mobile, Alabama. It was not so pleasant to hear we had to stay at the scene until FHP finished their investigation and the bike removed. Their findings were exactly as stated above and no ticket was issued since there was no damaged property or any other persons involved.
This is where one starts looking at everything and realizes what they already knew: God knew this was going to happen as dad always says, “There are no surprises with God.” He promised He would give us a peace that passes all understanding and strangely we had that peace even at the point of the first phone call...not humanly possible. I got my prayer team going and we waited.
When we got to the hospital, the staff were out-of-this-world kind and that night the doctor asked if he could pray with us and for us - who does that these days? Right? I was like, a YEAH!! PTL - bless this doctor in his career and give wisdom treating our son.
Caleb has 3rd degree burns on his whole back, sides, partial left arm, and back of neck - 25% of his body. He will be in ICU for 2 weeks then will be moved to the main floor for physical and occupational therapy.
They did the first surgery yesterday morning. Although the surgery took only 2 1/2 hours- complications were into the afternoon and evening. Because of vomiting, and a blood clot on his side and another area that needed redoing - the doctors had to recut the Integra skin and scrape and reapply the fake skin to 2 areas. In 2 weeks they will start the skin grafting process from his thighs to his back. There will be ongoing therapy for at least six months maybe a year.
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