Dublin teen in a coma after car crash |
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Friends and classmates chipped in to help out a Laurens County teen who was seriously injured in a wreck. His parents say that their son's passion may have been what saved his life.
It's hard for Angie Strickland to think about the phone call she got about her son on the 20th of May.
"I got that call that no mother wants to get - found out he was getting airlifted here to the Medical Center," she said.
It was around 8 a.m., and Jake was on his way to school to take final exams.
But he never made it to Trinity Christian School.
His car veered off the road, and struck a drain pipe before turning over about 7 times.
Jake was the only one in the car and his car was the only vehicle involved.
A report from the state patrol says Strickland wasn't distracted.
"He had some serious bruising to his lungs, and one was partially collapsed. He's had some fractures in his elbow that he had to have surgery for," said Angie Strickland.
He also suffered from brain swelling.
After all of his surgeries, Jake was put into an induced coma to help his injuries heal.
"Anything he does, he's got to do it better than anybody else," said Jake's father, Mark, "He started training in the gym when he was 13 and within a year, he had two world power records."
Mark says his son loved weight training, but says his son's favorite hobby may have just saved his life.
"All the doctors we spoke to said if it were anybody, they would be torn to pieces. But he's got a lot of muscle, so it basically just held him together," Mark Strickland said.
A fundraiser went underway in Dublin for Jake on Thursday.
It was held at the Dairy Queen on Highway 80 in Dublin.
At least 10 percent of the proceeds are going toward Strickland's medical costs.