SIDNEY — Christmas got here early for Logan Heath and his household this yr.
After being concerned in a automotive crash in October, Logan returned to his rural Sidney house Wednesday afternoon, escorted by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Workplace deputy who discovered him the night time of the crash.
Logan, son of Christi Heath and Jerry Heath, was on his method house from serving to his cousin, Eli Putnam, harvest corn.
“It was late at night time and he didn’t textual content me that he was going to be late,” stated his mother, Christi. “I waited for him and after a little bit of time, I attempted to textual content and name him however he didn’t reply.”
She stated she referred to as her brother Nick to see if he knew whether or not Logan was going to be late getting house.
“I drove round in search of him,” she recalled. “I referred to as Eli’s dad to ask him when Logan left their home and whether or not he was going anyplace else. He stated he wasn’t. So I simply saved driving round, going to locations the place I believed he is perhaps.”
Logan’s dad additionally started trying to find his son. He was driving alongside state Route 589 when he noticed a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy stopped on the roadway.
“The deputy noticed there have been tire tracks on the street that weren’t there beforehand,” stated Christi.
Because of Deputy Chris VanMeter, Logan was discovered round two hours after the crash. Officers stated his truck hit a pothole after which hit a guardrail. From there, the truck flipped and landed in a cornfield, the place the automobile was not seen due to the corn that was nonetheless standing within the discipline.
“Logan laid within the discipline for 2 hours earlier than they discovered him,” stated Christi. “He was hypothermic. I had pushed previous that space a number of occasions however due to the standing corn, I couldn’t see his truck. We’re so fortunate the deputy seen the tire tracks.”
Logan was transported to Wilson Health by the Rosewood Emergency Squad. From there, he was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
“He suffered a fractured breast bone, broke ribs and damaged scapula,” stated Christi. “And he has a spinal cord injury. They’ve put a rod and screws in his again.”
Christi stated the spinal injury has induced a paralysis for Logan. The prognosis is unknown right now, she stated, as a result of it may take as much as two years earlier than they know what feeling he’ll get again.
Logan stated he doesn’t bear in mind the crash.
“I bear in mind trying up on the lights in ICU,” he stated of the very first thing he remembers after the crash.
Logan spent 16 days in ICU. He suffered from a collapsed lung, which extended his restoration. He then spent 9 days within the trauma unit.
“He then went to Dodd Corridor at Ohio State College for 30 days,” she stated.
Logan was greeted by the street to his house lined with well-wishers holding indicators. He additionally was pushed previous Fairlawn Faculty, the place the scholars and employees all got here exterior to welcome him house. Logan is in his senior yr at Fairlawn.
On Tuesday, Logan will go to the Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care at OSU in Columbus for an analysis to see the place his bodily remedy goes from right here.
“He has the choice of returning to highschool, having academics come to the home to offer him his classes or to go to highschool on-line,” stated Christi. “We haven’t decided on that but.”
Christi and Logan are each grateful for the neighborhood help the household has acquired because the crash.
“It’s been wonderful,” stated Christi, of the neighborhood’s outpouring of help.
Logan stated he acquired the power he wanted since October from the individuals who have been supporting him because the crash.
“I’m trying ahead to getting again to regular,” stated Logan.
Christi stated she drew power from Logan because the crash.
“Logan has been actually robust,” she stated, “which helps me make me robust for him. Everyone round us has helped us.”
The Heaths stay in a house they hire from Christi’s aunt and uncle, Dick and Denise Huelskamp. Because of their help, the house has been tailored to satisfy Logan’s new wants. Her cousin, Doug Huelskamp, did the work for an addition to the home so Logan could have a bed room on the bottom flooring together with a handicapped lavatory. Ramping has additionally been added so he can simply get out and in of the home.
“I requested Logan what he wished to put on when he got here house on Wednesday. He instructed me ‘boots and denims.’ He’s only a farm child who desires to get again to what he loves.”
Logan stated it was an excellent welcome house Wednesday.
“I simply need to say thanks to everyone,” he stated.
Family and friends greet a van carrying Logan Heath because it arrives at his house on Johnston Slagel Highway. Logan got here house on Wednesday, Dec. 14 after an prolonged hospital keep.
Logan Heath, 17, of Sidney, accepts a bouquet of flowers from his aunt and godmother Lynda Barthauer, of Quincy. Trying on is Heath’s mother, Christi Heath, far left. Logan was greeted at his house on Johnston Slagel Highway by household and mates on Wednesday, Dec. 14 after an prolonged hospital keep. He’s additionally the son of Robert Heath.
A Shelby County Sheriff’s cruiser, pushed by Chris VanMeter, leads an escort of tractors for a van carrying Logan Heath because it arrives at his house on Johnston Slagel Highway. Logan got here house on Wednesday, Dec. 14 after an prolonged hospital keep.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris VanMeter, left, shakes palms with Logan Heath, 17, of Sidney, after escorting Heath to his house on Johnston Slagel Highway. Logan got here house on Wednesday, Dec. 14 after an prolonged hospital keep. Heath is the son of Christi Heath and Robert Heath.
Fairlawn senior receives help from household, mates