The family of a Dale County sanitation worker critically injured in a work-related accident earlier this month has made some improvements, with several successful surgeries and more planned.
Cori Byrd, the wife of 20-year-old Shaun Byrd, said Thursday that her husband had made it through a sixth surgery and was undergoing skin grafts to close up some of his wounds. Authorities said both of Shaun Byrd’s legs suffered significant soft tissue damage on Jan. 9 when he was pushed by a garbage truck in Pinckard while it was backing up as he tried to readjust his grip.
Cori Byrd said 35 percent of the skin grafts Shaun Byrd underwent did not last so he is expected to go through the process again. He currently has a feeding tube in his side and a trachea tube to breathe, she said.
“His fever is back up, but I got my first kiss in two weeks last night,” she said. “He’s still not able to speak. We’re all very grateful for all the prayers and support and it is still needed.”
Shaun Byrd’s father said despite earlier predictions, he believes his son will at least try to start walking in three months.
“He’s a fighter,” he said.