Early Tuesday morning, young J.D. TenNapel and his dad James were scheduled to board a flight bound for a Shriners burn center hospital for advanced, specialized care of J.D.'s second-degree burns.
J.D., a 15-year-old quarterback on his school football team, received the injuries during efforts to warn neighbors of a wildland fire outbreak in their Surface Creek Road neighborhood northwest of Cedaredge on June 8.
James TenNapel told the Delta County Independent (DCI) that he had been contacted by a Shriner from Grand Junction. Another out-of-state Shriner had seen an account of J.D.'s heroic act on a national news program and set events in motion for J.D. to be transferred to the burn center in Sacramento, Calif.
The Shriners have operated burn centers since 1960, and their 22 facilities are known for tops-in-the-field care. They specialize in burn treatment for youth under 18 years old.
"I really want to say how appreciative we are of all the marvelous care J.D. received from the ambulance crews and at Delta County Memorial Hospital. We can only say how thankful and appreciative we are," James said.
In the aftermath of his serious injuries, J.D. was experiencing pain at sharply higher levels Monday than he had been over the weekend as his system responded to the trauma it received.
"There is greater pain now," James told the DCI. "There is a lot of fluid build-up and concern for infection setting in, which can happen days after the injuries," James said.
"J.D.'s entire right arm is burned from the shoulder to the wrist. He has burns on his back, his right leg, and in the cheek bone area," James said. "There will be scarring. He is an athlete and a quarterback and we want to see all his functions retained.
"We're thankful for the chance to take J.D. to a Shriners, 24/7 highly specialized burn care unit. We could not have asked for better care than we have had in Delta," James said.
"We serve a big God. We have strong faith, and we are thankful to everyone here for their concern and offers of help. We thank God and every one of our friends, neighbors, and callers for their offers of support and help"
J.D.'s mom is conductor of the local Valley Youth Orchestra. James is himself recuperating from surgery due to a neck injury sustained at work. The family has two other children and has lived in this area since 2005.
"J.D.'s mom and I are very proud of our son's behavior," James said.
Delta County Memorial Hospital confirmed Tuesday that J.D. had been discharged. His condition had been listed as "good."
A benefit fund for J.D. was in the process being established this week at Wells Fargo Bank, Delta Branch, 874-6215.blog comments powered by Disqus