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05-27-2013, 10:53 PM
Please pray for my nephew, he was in a wreck tonight and is in critical condition. He has a wife and two kids.

05-27-2013, 11:07 PM
Just prayed for entire family.

Charlie Two Tracks
05-28-2013, 07:30 AM
Yes sir.

05-28-2013, 07:38 AM
Done, will continue until he's home.

05-28-2013, 08:23 AM
Good morning
Will also keep him in my prayers until no longer neccessary. Mike in Peru

05-28-2013, 09:05 AM
To update, he has spinal injuries, both hips broken, ribs, head injuries, and more. Still unconscious, but squeezed the hands of mother and sister. He was rushing to help a friend with a cow having birthing problems and missed a curve for some reason.

05-28-2013, 09:26 AM
Praying for your nephew and his family. Prayer is The most powerful medicine.

country gent
05-28-2013, 09:34 AM
Am praying for your nephew and your family. Keep your mind about you thru this. I was rushing to the hospital (wifes accident) and being distracted ran a red light in my rush. Luckily no accident. Am keeping you and the family in my prayers.

05-28-2013, 10:42 AM
Prayers said in Ohio Dale. Will keep them coming.

Wayne Smith
05-28-2013, 02:02 PM
More prayers coming from here. May God give his grace to your nephew, the doctors, and all his family. Lord, allow him to recover completely and return to work.

Teddy (punchie)
05-28-2013, 02:10 PM
God Bless!! Theodore

05-28-2013, 02:52 PM
Yes, of course...please keep us posted on his condition and progress.

05-28-2013, 09:53 PM
Prayers sent

05-28-2013, 10:01 PM
You have mine and my wife's

05-29-2013, 06:34 AM
Prayer said.


05-29-2013, 08:16 AM
He can move his hands when they stop the morphine long enough. He had brain swelling during the night so they relieved the pressure. If they can prevent pneumonia they will do surgery to fuse his spine. The spinal cord is not severed. We don't know if he will regain use of his legs. He will have a long haul, but is receiving excellent care. Thanks for the prayers.

05-29-2013, 08:32 AM
Praying for strength and recovery.

05-29-2013, 12:26 PM
And prayers from Wyoming, too.

05-29-2013, 08:26 PM
Prayers sent for all. Hope everything turns out well.

05-30-2013, 10:50 AM
Prayers have been offered, and I also extend my own well wishes for a complete and speedy recovery.

05-30-2013, 10:59 AM
Prayers for a complete and speedy recovery for this man. Prayers also for the family in this trying time!

Don Purcell
05-31-2013, 05:06 PM
Prayers sent. They can do wonders nowdays nothing is impossible.

05-31-2013, 09:34 PM
Another update on nephew, Don. He had problems with brain swelling and they had to relieve pressure. He has since improved to the point they did surgery to fuse the broken vertebrae in his neck and it went well. He had movement in his hands and was trying to pull the catheter out so they had to restrain his hands when he is allowed to come out of sedation, which tells me he has feeling there. They plan to remove the breathing machine after the weekend. God has done many miracles already for him in this, from having the perfect persons immediately on scene and on duty, to his far surpassing all doctor's expectations. The spinal cord is not severed, but has suffered trauma. We are a family accustomed to God's miracles and believe for a full recovery. Thanks for your continued prayers. Dale

05-31-2013, 09:53 PM
I will keep praying for him Dale.

I know first hand how God answers prayers. Three weeks ago my son took a bad hit from behind playing LAX. He could not feel his legs all or hands and was rushed to the ER strapped to a back board. We sent out a prayer request on are way to the hospital. While he was waiting for X-ray's to be taken he told us that his back felt like it was super warm. The next thing you know he told us was he had tingling in his hands and feet. A few minutes later he had all feeling back. The doctors could not explain what had happened. We told them we fully understood what had just happened. They did not see anything wrong on the X-rays. He walked away with just a vary sore neck and a concussion.

God bless your Nephew and your whole family.

06-01-2013, 04:38 AM
I have forgotten to mention that Don is the son of fellow member Shadetree, my brother.

06-01-2013, 04:16 PM
Praying for your nephew and family.


06-01-2013, 05:43 PM
Prayers sent for everyone involved.

06-01-2013, 08:49 PM
Prayers sent.

06-02-2013, 01:40 AM
Done deal, my friend. Will keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers. I'm just a few hours away, PM if I can help.

06-03-2013, 11:09 PM
Follow up prayers from NW Ohio. Is there anything else we can do for them?

I too am accustomed to miracles! I was in a bad crash when I was young. My left arm was paralyzed and multiple Drs told me it would never heal. They claimed that the nerves were destroyed from the spine. It shriveled up and kinda hung there for a couple years. One day it felt like lightning struck it and oh man did it hurt. It started to work a little.I knew God could fix it. It took 10 years for it to become a real arm again. Was weak and had multiple numb spots but was an arm. Another 10 years and it was 85%. Almost 30 years now and it is 98%. I dont understand the complete process but know that God knows what He is doing! I do know that I was prideful, arrogant, narcissistic etc before I was busted up bad. I am a pretty humble guy now!

06-04-2013, 12:29 AM
Prayers sent

06-04-2013, 10:30 AM
Prayers for Don and family from Illinois.

06-04-2013, 10:37 AM
More prayers for strength and speedy recovery for Don and family. And DLCTEX and Shadetree too!

06-04-2013, 06:36 PM
Don was taken off the CPAP machine and did fine, he will sleep with it. They sat him up on the bed and he is responding well. He still isn't able to talk yet due to the brain injury, but recognizes people and responds. Progress is being made, thank you Lord!

06-06-2013, 09:43 PM
Today he is breathing on his own unaided and is taking therapy. Shook hands with his son and tried to talk to his wife. Improved enough to be moved to a room in therapy.

06-06-2013, 11:56 PM
Hallelujah!!! Lot's of progress in a short time!

Mike Kerr
06-07-2013, 12:14 AM
Thank God he is making such good progress. My prayers are with you and with your nephew, brother and other family members who need them.

May God be with you.

06-07-2013, 06:26 AM
Good morning and Praise to our God !
This is wonderful news ! I am blessed and will continue to pray daily for complete recovery.
May numerous individuals realise the Hand of God working and come to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mike in Peru

06-10-2013, 12:13 PM
Don is progressing so well he will be moved to therapy hospital and they will begin aggressive therapy. He can whisper a little and had reflex response in both feet. The doctor's had given him only a 2% chance of walking again, but our God has overcome greater odds than that, and now the response in his feet is the best news yet. I suspected that he had feeling in his lower extremities as he had to be restrained from pulling out his catheter, so I knew he felt it. Prayer works! Keep it up.

06-11-2013, 09:34 AM
Happy to hear of the progress. Thank the Lord.

06-11-2013, 01:44 PM
I have seen many miracles and experienced a few. I am still amazed when God sends us one.

Lots of you probably know Jim Taylor the gunwriter. He had an experience while hunting Africa a few years back and was compelled to move there to work as a missionary.

He has wrote of the great faith the people there have. He has witnessed great miracles there. I doubted the truth of some of the reports. I had to think hard on it and felt ashamed when I came to my senses and realized that God does heal peoples "unfixable" wounds. He created our universe by speaking it!

I am excited for Don! I sent a ladyfriend this link and she adopted him as a prayer child.

06-11-2013, 07:07 PM
Don will be moved to Baylor University Medical Hospital in Dallas. This morning the Dr. removed his neck brace and tossed it in the trash! They are going to put those muscles and their controls to work ASAP.

06-13-2013, 10:41 AM
Good news Dale! We are still praying for him. Keep us updated.

06-15-2013, 08:36 AM
Good morning and Praise God ! Will keep praying daily. Mike in Peru

06-15-2013, 08:46 AM
Just sent another prayer

06-15-2013, 10:10 PM
Prayers for speedy and full recovery sent

06-16-2013, 08:44 AM
Don is at Baylor Hospital in Dallas now and he used the bed rails to pull himself to a sitting position. He is able to carry on short conversations in whispers. His smile and wit are very much working. The insurance will only pay for 60 days of therapy so they will make the most of it. Immediate family only is allowed to keep focus on rehab. God is doing awesome work.

Teddy (punchie)
06-16-2013, 09:57 AM
Yes still praying for Don. Darn insurance companies. Hope you all can find him help or a loop in the system for insurance.

06-16-2013, 09:20 PM
We will see so much improvement in 60 days we will be even more amazed.

06-16-2013, 09:28 PM
Wow us with pictures in sixty days.

06-19-2013, 09:39 AM
Don ate his first meal yesterday. Ground Swiss steak with potatoes, gravy, and fried squash. Ate it all and topped it off with chocolate pudding! Therapists are impressed with his gains.

06-23-2013, 12:00 PM
Good morning and Praise to God again !
Will keep praying till you say to stop. I am Blessed by this great news.
Mike in Peru

06-23-2013, 03:08 PM
Still praying here too! Excited that he is eating. I am not surprised by his gains with all the praying he is getting. ;)

07-01-2013, 09:30 AM
Update on Don. When he was moved to Baylor two weeks ago He could just move his arms enough to give a hug and could talk a little. Now he talks a mile a minute and wheels himself anywhere in the wheel chair. He still has some short term memory loss but long term memory is fine. He is working hard and has amazed doctors and therapists with his progress. Onward to full recovery! Thanks for all the prayers. I will see if I can get some before and current pics posted soon.

Victor N TN
07-02-2013, 07:03 PM
Prayers sent.

07-08-2013, 10:16 PM
75645 Don before is on day after Memorial Day, After is on Fathers Day! Prayers are working wonders!
Thank You! Gary Don Clawson Sr. " Shadetree25"

07-08-2013, 10:41 PM
This is Don on July 4th! He wheels himself outside so he can get some FREE air. He has continuously amazed everyone with his recovery! Still has a long way to go but works hard every day and has improved daily! Please continue the prayers. Now that he is moving his legs some, it has given him incentive to work harder.

09-24-2013, 08:34 PM
Don update: He has been home for a few weeks! He has been going to Hendrick Rehab in Abilene Texas. He left out tonight, going back to Dallas for more rehab! This place is called, Project Walk! New kind of rehab concentrating on standing and walking! Has evaluation on Wednesday, Workout on Thursday and Friday! With lots of prayers, he WILL walk out of there soon!!! Please continue with the prayers for continued miracles!!

09-24-2013, 10:00 PM
Prayers said here too. Who better to heal him than He who created him? Have been there myself. God Bless.

09-25-2013, 11:10 AM
Prays for a speedy recover for him and family

09-25-2013, 01:45 PM
Prayers sent from Alaska

09-25-2013, 06:32 PM
Don update: He has been home for a few weeks! He has been going to Hendrick Rehab in Abilene Texas. He left out tonight, going back to Dallas for more rehab! This place is called, Project Walk! New kind of rehab concentrating on standing and walking! Has evaluation on Wednesday, Workout on Thursday and Friday! With lots of prayers, he WILL walk out of there soon!!! Please continue with the prayers for continued miracles!!

Today in therapy at Project Walk, Dallas! AMEN!!!

09-27-2013, 06:01 AM
Good morning and Praise to our God of miracles ! That rejoices my heart !
Mike in Peru

09-27-2013, 09:23 PM
A long haul but your vertical!! Will keep prayers commin!

09-27-2013, 09:30 PM
This is great news! Prayers going out for him. God is great.

09-29-2013, 06:52 PM
Don has been home from Dallas for a few weeks and is now taking therapy in Abilene. This week he pedaled an exercise bike some and is making gains. He was happy to get home to his family and has a great outlook and attitude. We are still believing for a full recovery.

10-19-2013, 03:33 PM
Don is making the trek to Dallas 3 days a week for more aggressive therapy and is making gains due to very hard work. He has been given a new house that is under construction that has handicap ramps. He has declared he will never use the ramps, but will walk up under his own power. He has been a hardworking, goal oriented person all his life and the accident has only enhanced that character.

10-19-2013, 04:08 PM
Prayers sent.

10-19-2013, 09:53 PM
84749 Don went to the farm today to let his son, Callan shoot his gun! Prayers are producing miracles every day!

11-19-2013, 08:54 PM
84749 Don went to the farm today to let his son, Callan shoot his gun! Prayers are producing miracles every day!

Today Don was taking a test drive in his OWN truck! It is a used Ford Sporttrack complete with hand controls! God has brought him a long way since Memorial Day!!! Praise the Lord!88004

12-05-2013, 08:24 AM
Amen and Praise God !
I still am praying for the day Don can walk freely again. May God heal all those internals and show His Almighty Power to reconstruct.
Mike in Peru

Charlie Two Tracks
12-05-2013, 11:27 AM
I stand in agreement with you Mike..

12-20-2013, 10:12 PM
I stand in agreement with you Mike..

Quick update: Don is having custom made leg braces made and he is supposed to try them on Tuesday and get them finished the day after Christmas! God is GREAT!

daniel lawecki
12-29-2013, 11:31 PM
prayers sent

12-31-2013, 12:22 AM
Don tried out the braces and they really seem to help, keeping his knees from buckeling. He was given an arm peddeled bicycle that he can really make go.

12-31-2013, 07:48 AM
Good morning
Thanks for the updates. It is marvelous to read the kindness of individuals to help.
Will just keep praying for the day he walks about again. May the family have the help they need in these days.
Mike in Peru

01-12-2014, 10:57 AM
Don continues to improve daily with your prayers! Awakened to the realization that life will never be the same, they have decided to sell their beautiful boat! He knows it would be impossible to get in and out of it. They still have to make a decision about their Travel Trailer. He has to make a trip to the lake and try to get into it from his wheel chair. If not, it will be for sell also. He plans to keep his golf cart because it is offroad capeable and he can have hand controls put on it.
It is heart breaking to make these decisions because he worked so hard to get and use all of these things and now have to give them up. Funny part is the boat is a 2009 model but only has 14 hours on it! He would take it out to different locations in the lake, anchor and swim with his two Kids!
Enjoy all of the things you now have because life can change instantly and your priorties will be completely different!

01-14-2014, 03:27 AM
I've really appreciated these updates and want to raise my hand in prayer for Don along with the rest of you.

I was in a water-skiing accident about 25 years ago and it really messed up my right foot and changed my life. Only a miracle prevented it from needing amputation, and it's not the way it used to be. I quickly realized that my self-worth is more than just flesh, bone, and muscle. "Normal" is a state of mind, not a physical reality, so in that regard I have to put "normal" in quotes. I determined that whatever would happen with my foot, I was going to be OK. My "normal" was just dandy, thank you... My prayer is that Don feels pretty much the same way. Just his story alone has really impressed me.

Don's "normal" is just dandy, thank you! Rock on, Don!!

02-20-2014, 01:08 AM
Some how I clicked on the wrong post. I have my own problems, but, mine are simple compared to Don's. God bless you, Don, and may you continue to heal. mikey

02-21-2014, 08:07 PM
Prayers in the name of Jesus for continued progress and relief of pain.

02-21-2014, 11:27 PM
Dale reminded me to give an update on Don! This week he drove himself to Abilene!!! It is 45 miles away and his doctor released him to drive. He loaded himself into the truck. Took the wheels off of his chair and put it in the back seat. Then he drove to Abilene to West Texas Rehab. Unloaded the chair and rolled himself inside for three hours of weight training and walking with the aide of his leg braces and a walker! He then loaded back up, drove to a restaurant to have lunch with his cousin. After lunch he drove home and did it again on Thursday!
He said they worked him pretty hard but, he still was able to do all that he needed to do! Their new home will be ready in a few weeks and he is going to walk in the door! GOD IS GREAT!!!

02-22-2014, 07:47 AM
Good morning and I agree.. Praise our God !
Thanks for that update. This is encouraging.
Mike in Peru

03-05-2014, 11:49 PM

Don and Jebby will be moving into their new home next week! This is the home given to them by Jebby's Mom, an Angel on earth! He said months ago he would be walking in the door the first day and he is ready! Will be with his leg braces and a walker but he will be walking!More answered prayers!

Old School Big Bore
03-06-2014, 12:27 AM
Just saw this. Prayers sent for Don's continued recovery, the whole family, and CountryGent's wife. Ed & Teresa <><

03-06-2014, 12:48 AM
Prayers for his continued recovery. I understand the ups and downs everyone in the family can go through during a long recovery after helping my wife(T5 para).

03-10-2014, 11:05 AM
Just happened across this thread and read through it. The power of prayer at work. I pray for his continued recovery. It seems he has the right, can do, attitude.

03-11-2014, 02:38 PM
I pray that he continues to recover and get some normalicy back to his life.

03-11-2014, 02:41 PM
Prayers and Best Wishes go out to him and his family.
God Bless him and give him strength to carry on...


03-11-2014, 10:00 PM
He will be taking his kids to the Houston stock show with their animals before moving in. Can't slow this guy down!

03-18-2014, 04:21 PM
CONTINUOUSLY AMAZED! Don just left going to Houston to take his Daughter to the Houston Stock Show to show her calf. Great part is that HE IS DRIVING! 395 miles and should take around 7 hours. His Wife and Mother in law are following him, his Daughter "Cashley" and his Son "Callan"! They had borrowed a wheel chair lift to go on the Suburban and when they were going to leave this morning, it would not lift his wheel chair. The lift on his truck is bolted to the truck so it could not be moved to the Suburban. With his determination, he said, I will just take my truck and Y'all can follow me! The man does not know the meaning of " YOU CAN'T DO THAT!" His friend that he was going to help the day of his accident, took the calf with theirs yesterday. Look out Houston, Don is heading your way!!!

03-18-2014, 04:28 PM
Prayers added and Thanks given to all those here helping and praying for these folks.

03-18-2014, 11:24 PM
He made it to Houston at 8:15. Got caught in the famous Houston traffic jams. He got a little nervous but, made it ok! He said, Dad, my legs didn't even get tired! Boy is a nut! Lol!

03-19-2014, 07:55 AM
May God hold your nephew in the palm of his hands and heal him in body and spirit....Amen

03-24-2014, 08:05 PM
Have to brag a little about Don's 10 year old daughter. Her calf didn't win at the Houston Stock show BUT, She won two awards anyway. She won the 4H Hoof award for her continuous work with her calf ever after her Dad's accident. She also won an award for perseverance in helping her Dad in everything he needs in his daily life. She has become his legs whenever he needs anything done and, has done so without complaining. Also was given $1000 for each award! Makes me ONE PROUD Grandpa!!!
There were 4 awards issued in the State for one award and 7 for the other!

04-05-2014, 07:48 AM
Don is going to a Sporting Clays Tournament in Abilene Texas today. It is a benefit for the West Texas Rehab Center. He will be shooting a Browning 20 guage over/under. He is very nervous because he hasn't shot a shotgun in two years and is afraid he can't last to shoot 100 rounds. He will be shooting from his wheelchair for the first time. I have no doubt that he will make it! More ANSWERED PRAYERS!!!

04-05-2014, 08:31 AM
Good morning
I sit here Blessed and Blessed again reading the workings . Thanks Father ! May Don never give up.
Mike in Peru

04-05-2014, 09:14 AM
101463 Don heading out to shoot Sporting Clays. He shot here two years ago, before accident and loved it. He will love it today too!!

04-05-2014, 10:46 AM
You are in our prayers here in West Virginia. Tonight is the last night of a very successful REVIVAL at our Church. I will bring this young man up for prayer tonight also.


04-12-2014, 05:22 PM
101463 Don heading out to shoot Sporting Clays. He shot here two years ago, before accident and loved it. He will love it today too!!
He shot 58 out of 100 two years ago. Before his accident. He shot 55 this time!!! He corrected me on the gun he used. It was a Beretta 20 ga. O/U!

04-13-2014, 12:09 AM

04-15-2014, 10:54 PM
Praying now that God will be with him and bring healing. Praying for his family and yours for comfort and peace.

04-22-2014, 06:31 PM
Tell Don, good shooting.

04-05-2015, 02:10 PM

04-05-2015, 02:12 PM
Don shooting in the West Texas Rehab Sporting Clays shoot again this year! Still not shooting at the level that he wants to shoot but he is enjoying it! He is now 100% independent with a new truck with the lift so he can load his chair in the back. He has slowed down but he hasn't stopped! God is great!

04-09-2015, 09:27 PM
Glad to hear how he is doing. If he ever gets over this way in DFW he should check out http://www.turningpointnation.org/ . They do trap shooting at Elm Fork, and my wife loves to try the water skiing at their annual Extravaganza. Basically the Extravaganza is an adaptive outdoor sport showcase.

04-11-2015, 02:59 PM
136566 Yesterday Don surprised me by mowing my yard. He has a John Deere ZTR mower that he can get on from his wheel chair! Can't keep a good man from working!!
You can see his new home in the background. He goes all over town mowing for elderly people and family. His Granddad is 86 and fusses at him for coming over. Even uses his cordless weedeater from his wheel chair!