Outpouring of support for Conway High student severely injured in accident
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:54:47 GMT —
A Conway family is waiting for their son to wake up after he was hit by a truck earlier this month.
On Thursday, the Baker family from Conway wore T-shirts and wrist bands with prayer sentiments on them for their 17-year-old son Wesley Baker. Wesley is a rising senior at Conway High School and wears the #49 jersey on the football team
"We are waiting patiently for God to wake him up," said Debbie Baker, Wesley's mom.
On July 5, Wesley was crossing Highway 701 North when a large truck hit him. He lost his right leg and sustained several internal injuries.
"It feels like it's fake. Like bad things aren't supposed to happen to good people," said Katelyn Baker, Wesley's sister.
The family quickly found out that many others in the community felt the same. Wherever the family goes, they said strangers come up to them and ask if they can pray for Wesley.
"It's just really hard to explain and understand. People from all over and community people you've never met, coming up to you and tell you they're praying for you," said Cameron Baker, Wesley's dad.
The prayers and sentiments have also taken to Facebook. Wesley Baker has a Facebook prayer chain page. It has nearly 6,000 likes, with dozens of prayers and photos from people across the country and even overseas.
Cameron said people from California to New Mexico all the way to Afghanistan have been in-touch to let them know they were praying for them and Wesley.
"Every night, I try to get on his prayer chain and read the private messages, and that's what helps me deal with it," Debbie said.
She wishes this accident hadn't happened, but she hopes some good will come of it by being able to touch the lives of others.
"I hope it can impact one teenager or change somebody's life. Let them know how much family is important. The 'I love you' is important for a parent to tell a child that," Debbie said.
The doctors are still trying to save Wesley's left leg. He had surgery on Thursday afternoon, and a Facebook post read that everything had gone well.
Click here to go to the Wesley Baker Prayer Chain Facebook page.