A Dozier man was air lifted to a Pensacola, Fla., hospital
Tuesday night after falling from his deer stand.
Jerry Ward lay in the woods for nearly five hours near Boston
Road before being discovered by his wife, Donna, said the couple’s
daughter, Brooke Williams, on Wednesday.
“Daddy fell from the tree at 3:30 p.m. and was unable to move,”
“He’d forgotten his cell phone in the truck, so he hollered, shot
his gun and waived a flashlight to get someone to help him. My mom
got worried when she couldn’t reach him, so she went to hunt him.
“It was a good thing, too,” Williams said. “It could’ve been
very, very bad.
Luckily, he doesn’t have any broken legs, as previously thought,
and neither does he have any spinal injuries.”
Williams said her father was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital
and suffered a numerous broken bones along the right side of his
body near the hip area. She said doctors are waiting until the
swelling subsides before doing surgery.
“Doctors said he won’t be able to walk for 12 weeks after
surgery, so it won’t be an easy recover,” she said. “He is in great
spirits and thankful to be alive, and so are we. Even though it’s a
bad injury and long recovery time, we’re all so blessed he’s alive
and not worse than he is. God is good and has once again blessed
The family asked for the community’s continued prayers for a
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