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My son fell out of a tree

Organized by: Laurie King

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THE STORY:

My 23 year old son and his 20 year old cousin were hunting squirrel to make squirrel stew. It's not something I would eat, but the food stamps only go so far. My son is a really good shot and hit a squirrel right away. As our bad luck would have it, the darned squirrel didn't fall out of the tree. So my son climbs the tree to fetch it, loses his footing and falls on a fence post. He hurts his back and, being the tough guy he is, thinks he will just lie down on the couch for a while. His cousin lifts his shirt and tells him that he needs to go to the hospital right away. We have no insurance since I lost my job in August 2013, and my son hesitates. My son feels the wound with his hand and agrees. Our local hospital usually has a 5 hour wait, but the doctor tends to him immediately. A surgeon is called and my son is taken to the operating room for repair and closure of the wound. The emergency room personnel are amazed that my son is able to walk into the hospital rather than come by ambulance, and that he is not bleeding profusely. The surgeon says he would have died if he had laid on the couch and not been treated. My son's life was literally saved by the medical staff of that hospital. We are unable to pay any of the bills, and my son feels deeply regretful. If you can help, we would be forever grateful.

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