Monday, October 17, 2005

COM: Taylor Faust update

Excerpts from the Kerrville Daily Times . . .

Surgery done on teen’s legs
By Carlina Villalpando, The Daily Times, Published October 17, 2005

Taylor Faust, the 16-year-old Ingram Tom Moore High School student who was rescued Friday after an accident that had him trapped in his car for nearly eight hours, is reportedly recovering “better than expected” at University Hospital in San Antonio.

Since Friday, Faust has undergone three surgeries on his legs, which were pinned beneath his truck’s driver side door and steering column during the wreck. Both of Faust’s femurs were broken, and he also suffered a collapsed lung, according to reports from friends who have been in contact with Faust’s family.

“Today they were doing pre-op to work on his leg,” [board trustee Olen] Hicks said. “He was talking to (his dad) and he was doing that the day I was there, when they pulled him out of the wreck.”

“The poor kid was trapped in a car for eight hours,” he added. “Who knows how long it will take to recover from that, but he seems to be faring OK.”

The cause of the accident still is unconfirmed. According to reports Friday, the accident occurred about 5:30 a.m. along Texas 39 about a mile west of Schumacker Crossing as Faust was headed to an early track practice. When he didn’t arrive, his coaches and classmates began searching for him.

He was found about noon by a nearby property owner who called 911. It took emergency personnel about 2 1/2 hours to cut Faust from the wreckage before he was carried by helicopter to San Antonio.

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