From Press Reports
After last year’s tragic accident that took the life of Choctaw County native Douglas Burton, his family and friends will soon host the Douglas Burton Family Benefit on May 10. The benefit will help the family pay for medical expenses.
For those not familiar with the accident, the Douglas family has provided an account of their last few days with Douglas in their own words.
From the family of Douglas Burton: Douglas did a lot of welding for the loggers and neighbors in Choctaw County, but he was in a tragic accident on December 1, 2013 at his home. He was welding in his shop when an explosion occurred. A can of paint thinner exploded on him as soon as he began welding. He was covered from head to toe in paint thinner and immediately caught on fire. He was burned on 95% of his body. He was airlifted to Jackson, MS to Central Mississippi Burn Center. There, they worked diligently to get him stabilized. They finally got him stable early in the morning hours. They were able to keep him stabilized so that a chopper could come down from Augusta, GA to pick him up on December 2nd.
Some of us flew out so that we could be there when he arrived. Dad had to begin surgeries right away to have the dead skin removed. So he had to face his first surgery on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. We were again told that he would never make it through the surgery, but dad proved them wrong that time too. He became very weak after the first surgery. Dad had suffered a heart attack about two years earlier, so his heart was already not in the best of shape. He was already taking blood thinners and had a lot of swelling; the procedures that the doctors had to do were causing him to lose blood and the IV fluids that they were pumping into him. Because of this, December 4th, nothing was done. The doctors worked to help keep him stabilized. On December 5th, he was to face yet another surgery.
The doctor came to meet with us and told us the worst news that we could possibly hear. They said, “We’ve done all that we can do, he’s too weak, and his blood pressure will not sustain him. His heart is giving away. His kidneys had already failed that Wednesday night and he had already been placed on dialysis. The doctors told us that sometime after lunch, Dad probably wouldn’t be with us any longer. We honestly did not know what to say. At 3:45 p.m. on December 5th, the Good Lord took our Dad home to be with him. We were happy that he was no longer suffering, but heartbroken to let him go. Charlotte and John Moore were best friends with our dad and our family. They decided to put on a benefit for our family to help pay our Dad’s medical expenses. We are all very thankful for what they are doing.
The benefit is at the Louisville Coliseum on May 10th, where there will a car, truck, and motorcycle show beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting all day with judging at 2. Jumpers, slides, face painting and games all day long for the kids, along with pony rides. There will also be a cake walk as well. We will sell hamburger, hotdog, and BBQ plates. And a big Auction will begin at 4:00 p.m. Live entertainment will be going on all day long also. There will be 2 guns given away and $50 cash before the Auction begins at 4:00. This benefit is also sponsored by Modern Woodmen, matching funds up to 2,500.
If anyone would like to make a donation for the Auction or a baked good for the cake walk, or a donation in general, please contact one of us on the list.
Thanks in advance to all the local businesses who have already given to help out with this benefit.
For more information or to make a donation, please contact: Charlotte Moore-662-418-8621; Stephanie Burton Hemphill-662-803-1447;Bumper Hemphill-662-803-1448 Michael Burton-662-736-6084 Bobby Burton-662-803-2283; Kim Burton-662-803-7898 Renae Burton Griffith-662-285-8438.