Letter: Thank You for Saving My Father
Son of crash victim writes of his gratitude to Westborough firefighters.
Dear Westborough Patch and Westborough Community,
First of all, my family is beyond thankful for what is obviously genuine concern for my dad's condition as expressed by those who have commented on Westborough Patch articles concerning the accident and/or provided witness accounts to the Westborough Police Department and the media. It is unusual for me to have found a place of such positivity and hopefulness on the Internet that I am very much afraid my acknowledgement will be wholly inadequate. My family and I are also appreciative of the degree of journalistic integrity we’ve seen at Westborough Patch (I found this site through trying to piece together the events surrounding the accident). The cell phone video and the reservation of judgment displayed in the article updates have made my effort to reconstruct Friday night’s events far easier than it would have otherwise been.
The video demonstrates the strength of character of the witnesses and the Westborough emergency personnel who refused to turn away from my dad during what were likely the most terrifying moments of his life. When the cards were stacked against him in almost every way possible the Westborough community coordinated a successful rescue that demanded a critical response time, an inconceivable level of technical skill and precision, and the strength to remain witness in conditions imminently perilous to all involved. Thank you.
Until earlier today (Sunday, June 24) my dad was in the ICU with first, second, and third degree burns (he is currently in the main hospital). However, they appear to affect what would be considered a minimal percentage of total body surface area. Upon being extricated from the vehicle he suffered an electric shock, which is likely the primary cause of the burns. At some point during the rescue he went into cardiac arrest but was resuscitated by the Westborough Fire Department medics. I can’t confirm if cardiac arrest occurred prior to or after the electric shock, although the latter is most likely the case. He was extubated fairly soon after arrival at the hospital and has been breathing on his own without difficulty for almost a day and a half now. He is conscious, communicative, and eager to leave the hospital. Aside from three fractured ribs and a third degree burn on his right foot he doesn’t appear to be experiencing any seriously immobilizing injury.
When I visited him yesterday one of the first things he said to me was, “This will be one of those life changing experiences, won’t it?” He is doing remarkably well considering the dreadful nature of the accident. Again, it is a testament to the skill of the police and fire departments as well as to the rapid action of the 911 callers who were so crucial to facilitating my dad’s rescue. Again, thank you all for altering what appeared destined to be an outcome radically different from one in which my dad has not only survived but will successfully recover from the injuries incurred.