Thomp­son Broth­ers Pro­gress­ing Af­ter Wreck

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll

Two years ago, things looked pretty grim for Ezra and Sam Thomp­son.

The broth­ers from Anderson, who were in a hor­rific wreck north of Pineville, suf­fered sec­ond- to third-de­gree burns over 80 per­cent of their bod­ies.

Ezra ini­tially was given a 40 per­cent chance of sur­vival.

Sam was given just a 20 per­cent chance.

To­day, the two are do­ing well and mak­ing progress, their fa­ther said.

Ezra and Sam, the sons of Greg and Carol Thomp­son of Anderson, are un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the Shriners Hos­pi­tal in Cincin­nati, Ohio.

Two years ago, on Fri­day, Sept. 18, 2015, the two were air­lifted to the Burn Unit at Mercy Hos­pi­tal at Spring­field af­ter a fiery ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent north of Pineville.

The broth­ers were trav­el­ing south­bound on I-49 at ap­prox­i­mately 10:30 a.m., when Roy Hurst, 49, of Houston, Mo., lost con­trol of his 2014 Chevro­let pickup truck, rear-end­ing a trailer at­tached to the 1991 Isuzu Side­kick driven by Ezra Thomp­son, 19, and car­ry­ing Sam Thomp­son, 17.

The im­pact of the crash caused the trailer to punc­ture the truck’s gas tank. The ve­hi­cle, which be­came en­gulfed in flames, was

forced into a rollover.

In the past two years, the boys have un­der­gone phys­i­cal and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, which has helped in their re­cov­ery. Greg said the two con­tinue to face chal­lenges, but are mak­ing progress.

Now, the boys are fo­cus­ing their care at the Cincin­nati Shriners Hos­pi­tal, which spe­cial­izes in burns, among other in­juries and con­di­tions. Staff mem­bers are con­sid­ered lead­ers in their fields of burn treat­ment, pe­di­atric plas­tic and re­con­struc­tive surgery, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, pain man­age­ment, pe­di­atrics and psy­chi­a­try, ac­cord­ing to the hos­pi­tal’s web­site.

The Shriners Hos­pi­tal in Cor­pus Christi, Texas, is the Shriners fa­cil­ity that spe­cial­izes most in burns, but the build­ing re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced a fire. Of­fi­cials are re­build­ing the struc­ture, Greg said.

The fam­ily has filed a li­a­bil­ity law­suit and, on the ad­vice of le­gal coun­sel, Greg de­clined to pro­vide ad­di­tional de­tails.

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