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Student amputates hand on campus

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A LifeNet ambulance sits on the Texas High School campus Aug. 29, 2017. A student suffered a hand amputation in the Sullivan Performing Arts Center.

A LifeNet ambulance sits on the Texas High School campus Aug. 29, 2017. A student suffered a hand amputation in the Sullivan Performing Arts Center.

Photo by Kaitlyn Gordon

Photo by Kaitlyn Gordon

A LifeNet ambulance sits on the Texas High School campus Aug. 29, 2017. A student suffered a hand amputation in the Sullivan Performing Arts Center.

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According to Executive Director of Public Relations Tina Veal-Gooch, during third period on Texas High campus, a male student amputated his left hand in the Performing Arts Center. Administrators were soon notified and the ambulance and police were summoned.

The ambulance took the student to CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital; the parents and Principal Brad Bailey went to the emergency center.

The student was flown to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, and swiftly underwent a successful eight hour surgery. Bailey requests that the community remain supportive and empathetic toward the situation.

“I know your hearts are heavy, but we are here for each of you,” Bailey said. “We will get through this together because we are tiger strong, and you have a family at Texas High school who cares for you. I have spoken with the family this morning and I can report to you that [the student] completed an eight hour surgery last night, and he is doing better, and the surgery went well.”

Bailey continues and states that crude mentions on social media are unnecessary, and further reassures and reminds the community of Texas High to be strong.

“He will now go through the healing process, both physically and emotionally. I ask that each of you respect the family,” Bailey said. “I ask that you avoid using social media for negative comments. That is not helpful. Now is the time for positive comments and encouragement. We will all face situations in our lives, and we have a choice. We can tear each other down, or we can lift each other up. I know the students of Texas High will lift each other up.”

 

 

 

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Online editor in chief, dancer of 15 years and a profound lover of small animals, senior Langley Leverett is just a girl in an overwhelming world. She has no idea what college she is attending yet, and honestly no clue as to what career she plans to pursue. You can find her with her nose...
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17 Responses to “Student amputates hand on campus”

  1. Jo Cox on August 29th, 2017 3:18 pm

    Praying for this student and the parents.

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  2. Tiffany jewell on August 29th, 2017 3:18 pm

    Prayers for this baby.

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  3. Martha Garrett on August 29th, 2017 3:27 pm

    Praying for the student his family and the Texas High staff. I know everyone involved is devistated. Texas High has the most caring and loving staff I have ever seen. May God bless all of you and provide healing.

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  4. ALICE GARMON on August 29th, 2017 3:40 pm

    Praying for this student and the family and all involved.

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  5. Melanie Thomas on August 29th, 2017 3:52 pm

    It was his left hand and they have flown him to Little Rock.

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  6. Donna Morriz on August 29th, 2017 4:06 pm

    Prayers for all involved

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  7. Keninia pickett on August 29th, 2017 4:50 pm

    Keeping the young man and his family in my prayers. My son was just telling me about and got upset talking.

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    Dante Leonard Reply:

    Did he say how it happened? Scary! Prayers for all!

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  8. Dannie Hawkins on August 29th, 2017 5:34 pm

    Sending Prayer to the young man and family God keep you strong and focused young Tiger 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  9. James Shroyer on August 29th, 2017 6:04 pm

    Prayers for this student, family and classmates 🙏🏻

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  10. Dante Leonard on August 29th, 2017 7:05 pm

    How did this happen? I pray things turn out good. Prayers for all involved and for a speedy recovery!!

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  11. Michelle haltom on August 29th, 2017 7:34 pm

    So sad and I pray he is doing ok. My daughter came home today telling me about this! Prayers for him and his family

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  12. Inethere Washington on August 29th, 2017 8:40 pm

    Prayn for him and his family

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  13. Angela hickerson on August 30th, 2017 10:09 am

    Praying for family, students, and faculty. Also, for first responders

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  14. Carl Stein on August 30th, 2017 1:19 pm

    It’s a terrible tragedy when something like this happens ! Thank God his surgery was successful. Mr Bailey and the staff are wonderful people along with the student body!
    Prayers for all concerned.

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  15. Knob on March 6th, 2018 4:11 pm

    Wait… Why did he amputate his own hand?

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  16. Zack McEntire on July 4th, 2018 1:29 am

    I just wanted to say thank you all, for your prayers and helpful thoughts. My hand is gaining grip strength, and mobility in my fingers, from the surgeries I had, and physical therapy.

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