A former Henry Countian remains in Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after a fall from a deer stand in Land Between the Lakes Nov. 11.
Michael Perry, 44, was deer hunting while camping with friends last week and had climbed up one of his friend’s stands when it broke.
According to his father, Jim Perry, a longtime fishing guide in this area, Michael Perry fell into a 4-inch diameter tree trunk that had been cut, straddling it. The trunk went up through Michael’s body, stopping just short of his heart.
He never lost consiciousness and finally managed to get a text message out to a friend.
“As you know, cell phone service in and around LBL is very erratic at best,” Jim Perry said Monday afternoon.
“He told his friend to bring a chain saw with him.”
His friend cut off the base of the tree and the Stewart County Rescue Squad arrived and carried him to Murray-Calloway County Hospital.
He was then carried — still impaled — to Vanderbilt, where he underwent an almost six-hour surgery.
“He has had surgery every day since then,” Jim Perry said.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical expenses: www.gofundme.com/f/michael-perry-medical-fund.
Michael Perry owns and operates a charter boat service, Papa Bear Charters, at Hilton Head Island, S.C. He has been married for about 20 years. He and his wife have two daughters, ages 12 and 15.
His wife is now with him at Vanderbilt.
“The first surgeon said it was an absolute miracle he had survived,” Jim Perry said, “but it’s even more miraculous that, while it will take a year or more, the surgeon predicted a one hundred percent recovery.”