AL: Hunter loses leg in hunting accident
January 4, 2010
Man loses leg in hunting accident
A 23-year-old duck hunter was critically injured early Sunday morning on
the Tennessee River when his shotgun accidentally discharged, striking him
in the back of the left leg, just above the knee. Chris Hacker was listed in
critical condition late Monday afternoon in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit
of Huntsville Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The injured man
had emergency surgery Sunday, which required the removal of his left leg at
mid-thigh, according to a family member.
Hacker’s father, Jimmy Dale Hacker, said his son was sitting in the front
of a boat on the Tennessee River near the Champion Paper plant at about 5:30
a.m. Sunday when he twisted in his seat to turn on the boat headlights.
“Somehow, he bumped his gun and it went off at point-blank range and
entered the back of his leg about one inch above his knee,” said the elder
He said his son’s hunting companion called 911 and Chris Hacker was
transported to Decatur General Hospital, where he was administered two pints
“They Med-Flighted him to Huntsville Hospital and he had to have 20 more
pints of blood,” said Hacker. “They had to remove his left leg. He’s stable
now. He goes in and out and he knows us all.”
Hacker said his son was to have further surgery today and still more
surgery Thursday to close the wound.
The younger Hacker, an employee of Reed Construction in Huntsville, and
his wife, Kristara, became parents for the first time of a baby girl just
one month ago, according to Jimmy Dale Hacker.
Friends have set up a fund for Chris Hacker, who is also the son of Angie
Word of Anderson, at Reliance Bank.
Jimmy Dale Hacker has requested that friends, family and well-wishers
hold phone calls to a minimum because of restricted cell phone use inside
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