Injured firefighter also battling pneumonia
August 29, 2013, 6:45 pm by Alexandria Randolph
Family members of Jeff Walker, a Horseshoe Bayfirefighter who suffered injuries in a rollover crash on Aug. 17, report that he has been making progress despite setbacks.
Walker, a father of three, remains in the intensive care unit at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, and now suffers from pneumonia.
"The last couple days everything has been the same,” said Joe Walker, his father. "The therapist had him sitting up in the bed, helping him cough to get the pneumonia cleared.”
Walkersaid that his son will receive a tracheal tube and a feeding tube on Sunday, and that he continues to move in and out of consciousness due to heavy pain medication.
"They’re trying to get him off the pain medication. Once he gets off that, they expect him to be more responsive,” he said. "He has some plastic surgeries that need to happen. That might happen next week — at least we’re leaning in that direction.”
Walkersaid that members of the Horseshoe Bay Fire Department and friends from surrounding departments have been on shifts at Jeff’s side since his accident 12 days ago.
"They’ve been here 24/7 through the whole process. They never left,” he said. "He’s gotten so much support, it’s unbelievable; from the community, from churches, from friends... I don’t know how to put it into words.”
For the full story, see the weekend edition of The Highlander.
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