Hunter Breaks Neck when Tree Stand Falls
Waynesboro Record Herald, PA
By Shari Sanger The Record Herald.
GREENCASTLE - Tessa Martin and her daughter Brittany were
Christmas shopping in Hagerstown Monday when they got some
Her husband and two sons had been injured when the tree
stand in which they were hunting in Needmore, Fulton County, fell and
toppled to the ground.
Robert D. Martin, 38, of 6350 Montgomery Church Road and
his sons, 10-year-old Brook and 9-year-old Brogan, were in the tree
stand at 7:30 a.m. Monday when wind blew it from the tree, according to
"It blew out of the tree with them in it, but they all
stayed inside," she said. "It had been in the tree for 12 years."
Robert, who works at Frick Co. in Waynesboro, suffered a
broken neck, while his sons escaped with minor injuries.
Robert built the wooden tree stand. The base was made of
angle iron bolted into the tree.
After the fall, he managed to stand up, walk out of the
woods and drive home, she said.
Call for help
After arriving home, Martin phoned his niece, who drove
him and his two sons to Waynesboro Hospital.
Brook got several stitches and Brogan had a bump on his
head, Tessa Martin said.
Robert was airlifted from Waynesboro to Hershey Medical
Center, where he underwent a five and a half hour surgery Tuesday to repair
the shattered fifth vertebrae in his neck.
"He was in excruciating pain until after the surgery,"
Doctors said they expect no paralysis and a full recovery,
which will take at least two months, according to his wife.
Robert was discharged Thursday and is wearing a neck
brace, she said.
Tessa said her family members tried to have her paged in
various stores, since she does not have a cell phone.
"They finally found us at Toys "R" Us," she said, noting
they immediately left and drove to Hershey.
"He can lift up to 10 pounds, but he can't drive," she
said. "He's a lot better now. He's restless and weak, but he has no pain
like he did."
A wake-up call
She said her husband has always hunted, but the accident
was a wake up call.
"He's very lucky," Tessa Martin said. "Other people need
to be aware that this sort of thing can happen."