First Surgeries on Hartsell and Latimer Successful
by Wes Mayer
Both Bradley Hartsell’s and Hannah Latimer’s surgeries have reportedly gone well so far, according to Hartsell’s aunt and uncle.
Around 4 p.m. Thursday, Hartsell underwent orthopedic surgery for his leg and hand, said his aunt, Cheryl Hartsell. During this procedure, surgeons also looked for any internal injuries and found he had a tear in his bowel, or gastrointestinal perforation. Surgery was also performed to repair this, and according to Hartsell’s family, both surgeries went well.
Latimer also went into surgery Thursday for her broken jaw, Hartsell’s aunt and uncle, Cheryl and Darrel, said. Today (Friday) doctors hope to get her into surgery to repair her wrist and orbital bones around her eye. Latimer is still under sedation and on a ventilator.
Hartsell has been taken off sedation, his aunt and uncle said. Doctors hope to wean him off the ventilator and and remove his chest tube Saturday.
Hartsell and Latimer were both involved in an accident in South Carolina around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday. Hartsell, who was driving, ran into the back of a fire department rescue vehicle which was stopped in the left-hand lane of I-85 northbound assisting at an earlier accident. Hartsell and Latimer were both seriously injured and transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital – Hartsell by helicopter and Latimer by ground ambulance.
The Newnan Times-Herald will provide updates as soon as we know more.