A Paradise man injured in a fiery automobile accident Sept. 10 remains in critical condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Joseph Anthony “Joey” Hake, 30, sustained third-degree burns on his arms, legs and stomach, as well as several broken bones including his left femur, ankle and pelvis.
“He’s broken or burned or cut everywhere, and where he isn’t, he has tubes,” his mother, Jo Ann Hake, told the Messenger Tuesday.
Hake said her son underwent a five-hour surgery for his pelvis last Friday, where doctors “put in a plate to stabilize it some more.” Surgeons also inserted a rod in his lower left leg and made “temporary repairs” to his left femur and ankle.
He was moved from the trauma intensive care unit to the ICU burn unit Sunday. That day he began developing pneumonia, which pushed back to Monday another “major surgery” for additional orthopedic work.
Hake is on a respirator. Although he has “been under” most of his hospital stay, family friend Kasie Roth said Thursday doctors began weaning him off of “some of the medicine to communicate with him and check to see if he responds.”
“Those doctors and nurses are great,” Jo Ann said. “I can’t say enough about them.”
The accident occurred just before midnight on School House Road, near Private Road 3484, in Paradise.
Investigators said Hake, the driver of a Ford F-150 “overestimated the curve,” lost control and struck a tree. The impact caused the vehicle to go up in flames.
Bystanders extricated Hake, who was unresponsive, from the vehicle. When medics arrived on scene, he was conscious. Medics took him by ground ambulance to the Paradise High School football field, from which he was flown.
Hake is a 2000 graduate of Paradise High School and has a 3-year-old son, Blayne.
Friends and classmates are planning a benefit golf tournament and concert fundraiser for late October or early November. Participants, team sponsors and prizes are needed. To help, call Roth at (940) 627-4514.