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MadMike
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posted June 11, 2003 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadMike   Click Here to Email MadMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit MadMike's Homepage!   View MadMike's car!
Guys. I'm in the library of Egleston Childrens hospital. This hospital is the best childrens trauma center in the south east.

Yesterday we went out to eat dinner and then were heading to Gainesville GA. to find where laura was supposed to be going to school the next day. On our way, a cube van crossed the median, sideswipped a pickup/trailer in front of me, and then proceded to come head on with me. We came to an immediate and abrupt stop. The van that hit us was carrying solvents/chemicals and caught on fire and started exploding.

Laura was unconcious and pinned in the Astro.
I forced my way out of the van and, to make a long story short - I dove into the astro from the side window and removed all 3 of my children from the van. 20 feet behind us the cube van was exploding and the tree it was against was an inferno. It was clear that I was left in a state where I could do what needed to be done. Good people were on hand for me to be able to pass my children to. I knew Trey was hurt, but ok. Kyle was hurt and crying. Laura was unconcious. Danny was laying in the back seat of the van gurgling.
I went back and forth between dan who was dying in the grass, and my wife, who was trapped in the astro, and I feared the flames would start burning our truck and I'd watch my wife burn to death.

It seems just in time the fire truck arrived and they started extinguishing the flames, and the jaws of life were used to cut open the side of the astro to remove laura.

When laura was out of the van, I collapsed.
Danny was life flighted to Egelston. Kyle and trey were transported by ambulance to North Georgia hospital. Me and laura followed in another ambulance. On our way to the hospital I spoke to dan and he said he'd be ok.

More long story short:
I'm ok. I'm smashed and cut. I got cut bad diving into the astro. I was discharged last night, and stayed with my family.
Trey was discharged last night too. He has severe wiplash.
We went with kyle into a room and kyle had his face rebuilt this morning. They will apparently discharge him tonight to family friends who have trey.

Laura - broken leg. They operated on her and put her leg back together. She's doing as well as expected. I don't know how long she'll be in the hospital. We have friends who are with her. My 2 other boys are going home with other friends.

As for Danny, he's got a fractured skull. Broken nose, Swelling in the head, but his prognosis is good. He's alive. He's in the best place he can be. At one time he was in a coma on life support. He's being weaned off life support now, and his swelling is being monitored. There are no internal injuries. His condition is "stable". He's not out of the woods, but things look good.

We're overwelmed by the outpouring of support and prayers from you guys and gals. You are all extended family.

Prayers work.
The 1999 Astro Van saved my familys life.
Treys seatbelt saved his life.
A miracle saved Danny. I love you danny.
I love you all.


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ginman2
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posted June 11, 2003 04:50 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit ginman2's Homepage!   View ginman2's car!
I can't even begin to imagine a worse scenario or if I could have responded as you did. As you said, adrenaline kicked in and you did what you had to do.
It will be a long road back for everyone, both physically and emotionally but if it helps, there's lots of people with you in our thoughts.

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71SC
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posted June 11, 2003 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 71SC   Click Here to Email 71SC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      View 71SC's car!
Thru the grace of God.
Mike you are the best and Everyone here wish you and your family well. Danny and Laura I'm sure will be fine. Just remeber things always seem to work out for the best. Danny and Laura will stay in my families thoughts and prayers. Godspeed on everyones full recovery.
Patrick

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CamaroStud327
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posted June 11, 2003 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CamaroStud327   Click Here to Email CamaroStud327     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit CamaroStud327's Homepage!   View CamaroStud327's car!
Thank God you are all alive. Danny and the rest of you will stay in my prayers.

Keep us informed.

Nathan

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mulsane71z
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posted June 11, 2003 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mulsane71z   Click Here to Email mulsane71z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
OH WOW! Mike, I'm speechless......

I'm so sorry. I wish the best for you and your family.........

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calflan
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posted June 11, 2003 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for calflan   Click Here to Email calflan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
Mike,
You know we're nearby .. anything we can do, please don't hesitate to ask. If you need someone to help watch the boys or anything, let me know. I'm emailing my phone # to you.

Thank god everyone looks to be O.K. Take a long look in the mirror and thank god yourself for the ability to act and think like you did under such pressure and for your family to be alright. Egleston is good, you're right you've got the best resources available to you.
Godspeed Mike.
Cal

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lammy
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posted June 11, 2003 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lammy   Click Here to Email lammy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit lammy's Homepage!   View lammy's car!
speechless, tears in eye. . . .

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rscamaro73
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posted June 11, 2003 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rscamaro73   Click Here to Email rscamaro73     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit rscamaro73's Homepage!   View rscamaro73's car!
Mike,

You did what any normal man would have done - tried to save his family. Regardless and neglecting your own condition. Adrenalin is a sweet thing when its in full bore.

Dood, I REALLY doubt though how many other people would have gone in and done what you did. That kind of bravery deserves recognition. Honestly.

I'm happy as hell to hear that the kids, Laura and you are 'OK'. Being in the hospital is better than other places. I'm sure you've thanked whomever you wanted to for their safety and health. Your kids are ruffnecks like mine are. They'll pull thru easily. If sending something to Davey like some balloons or some toy or something is cool with you all and the hospital, I'll pop something out there. Same for Laura. Hell, for all of you. You know we have your back here.

We'll pass along the situation as it unfolds to the masses. You're more well-known than you'd prolly imagine. And plenty of folks out there in 'INTERNET LAND' have your back too....

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eightyZ28
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posted June 11, 2003 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eightyZ28   Click Here to Email eightyZ28     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit eightyZ28's Homepage!   View eightyZ28's car!
Mike,
Just wanted to say that mine and my family's prayers are with you and your family. I am also going to put ya'll on my prayer list at church.

I wish you and your family the best!!

Carol

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irocdoc
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posted June 11, 2003 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for irocdoc   Click Here to Email irocdoc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      View irocdoc's car!
prase god (after a story like that)its a blessing you all are still alive. your family will be in my prayers god bless you Doc

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Xodus921
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posted June 11, 2003 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Xodus921   Click Here to Email Xodus921     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit Xodus921's Homepage!   
Glad to here from you mike...

Best Wishes to everyone, If you need anything at all just ask....

Tony

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ORANGE CRUSH 71
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posted June 11, 2003 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ORANGE CRUSH 71   Click Here to Email ORANGE CRUSH 71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit ORANGE CRUSH 71's Homepage!   
THANK THE LORD, EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN OUR PRAYERS. I'M FAIRLY NEW ON THE BOARD AND DON'T KNOW TOO MANY OF YOU GUYS, BUT THAT IS AWEFUL TO HEAR NO MATTER WHO IT IS. I LOOK AT MY FAMILY AND CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT IT MUST BE LIKE, BUT THE LORD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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MR78Z28
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posted June 11, 2003 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MR78Z28   Click Here to Email MR78Z28     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit MR78Z28's Homepage!   View MR78Z28's car!
good to hear from you mike!!!!! tear's in eyes!!!!! dan will pull out of this. i'll keep you and your family in our prayers!!!!

God Bless!!!!
Bobby

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zeebad1
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posted June 11, 2003 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zeebad1   Click Here to Email zeebad1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Visit zeebad1's Homepage!   View zeebad1's car!
It's great to hear from you Mike. I've been thinking about you & your family all day. The Lord does wonderful things! I had to wipe the tears from my eyes to write this. Tears of JOY to hear that things are looking up. My prayers will be with you continuosly.

MAY THE LORD BE WITH YOU AND YOURS!

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Speed74Freak
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posted June 11, 2003 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Speed74Freak   Click Here to Email Speed74Freak     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote      
speechless,....
you and your family will be in our prayers

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