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Bailey critically injured on Alabama mission trip

Monday, May 9, 2011

Roger Bailey
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A Putnam County man remains in an Alabama hospital following injuries he sustained Friday while on a mission trip.

Roger Bailey was part of a group from Fillmore Christian Church and Bethel Baptist Church that traveled to Alabama. following the tornadoes that devastated the city on April 27. On Friday, while working in Pleasant Grove, Ala., part of a tree fell on Bailey, pinning him from the lower ribs on down.

The volunteers were working on a tree that had been pulled out of the ground, roots and all, by the tornado. When the upper part of the tree was cut off, the roots recoiled, sitting back upright in the hole it had left and trapping Bailey.

Two factors that aided in Bailey surviving the accident were the muddy ground, which kept him from being crushed, and the proximity of a boom truck to remove the tree. The truck was just up the street and was quickly on the scene to lift it off Bailey's body.

He was transported to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. His injuries included a punctured lung, broken bones and a severe hip injury.

He has undergone two surgeries to rebuild his hip and lower back area.

As of Monday, Bailey remained in ICU, but doctors hope to move him to a "step-down room." He remains in much pain, but is showing signs of recovery.

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How horrible for this man attempting to do so much good.

May God be with him and heal him completely.

-- Posted by dbltrbl on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 9:25 PM

My prayers are with you.

-- Posted by Georgianow on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 12:37 PM

Prayers from Idaho for speedy recovery.

-- Posted by BbridgeJC on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 2:30 PM

Roger is a great guy and always volunteers to help people in need. There need to be more like Roger, I know iI need to do more to help out. I will be praying for a full and speedy recovery.

-- Posted by T.C. FATHER OF 2 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 1:05 PM

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