An employee of Homan Lumber who was seriously injured on Friday is conscious and responsive after coming out of his first round of surgeries.
According to the Elkhart Truth, Tommy Woods, a 49-year-oll saw operator was hospitalized when a piece of wood flew off his machine and struck him right below his nose and lodged into his face.
Woods’ sister Patricia said the safety guards on the device came loose, which led to the wood to shoot free and hit him in the face.
Luckily, Patricia says the wood missed his brain and spinal cord.
Woods suffered a broken cheekbone, jaw and nose, two injured vertebrae, and several damaged arteries as well as other broken bones around his face. He has undergone several surgeries at IU Health Indianapolis Methodist Hospital, but still has more surgeries scheduled.
Some of the procedures required to repair Woods’ injuries include a tracheotomy and reconstructive facial surgery.
He has needed a feeding tube to help him eat and drink, but despite his grim situation, his sister says he has made progress.