Please PRAY for Peter Helms!
The following story and update are from the Facebook group:
As many of you know, today at approximately 9 am Peter Helms was in a serious car accident on 1187. So far all we know is that he was t-boned by a dodge pickup at around 60-70 mph. Currently he is in ICU at a hospital downtown and is suffering from severe head trauma after being taken there by helicopter. The surgeons were able to drill a hole in his skull this afternoon to release some of the pressure from the bleeding on his brain. As far as we know he has no severe injuries to the spinal cord or below his neck. However his condition is still very serious. He has several puncture wounds on his face and broken facial bones in addition to the bleeding on his brain. Please be in prayer for him and for the family. We will keep you updated as we can through this group. Thank you to those of you who have been praying or stopped by to visit today; it has been a great encouragement.
Latest Update – 07/30/10
Today there has been no significant change in Peter’s condition. The pressure from the bleeding on his brain has increased significantly overnight and the staff are doing their best to keep that under control through the tube the doctors inserted into Peter’s head yesterday. Peter’s pupils have only been minimally responsive to light. At this point it is hard to tell if it is mostly due to the sedation he is under or his injuries. The neurosurgeon has encouraged us not to assume too much brain damage yet. Peter has injuries on the right side of his head near the temple, so it could be the optical nerves affected. It will be several days before we have any more conclusive information.
On Monday or Tuesday the doctors plan to try and get him conscious, but for now they are just trying to keep Peter stable through this critical time.
Prayers for physical strength would be greatly appreciated. We are all exhausted (especially mom who was here through the night and has gotten very little sleep). God has used so many people to encourage and strengthen us and we are so grateful.
We are sorrowful, yet hopeful because we know we serve a God who can make even dead men walk again. God has been faithful to us in the past, even in our unfaithfulness to him, and we know he will be faithful to us as we walk the road ahead.
Thank you for your prayers!
For the family,
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” Psalm 139: 7-12