One of the train derailment victims: Timmy

Please keep praying for all of those impacted by yesterday’s horrible train derailment, but specifically Timmy. Timmy is the 16 year old nephew of a friend and suffered head trauma and a severely injured back. At last report, he was beginning to be able to move one arm, but the other three limbs are still paralyzed. After multiple surgeries they are hopeful, but his prognosis is still unknown. You can follow his journey and/or support him here:
By: Gretchen Mertes


  1. Gretchen

    On Dec 30, 2017

    Timmy has been moved to Childrens Hospital as of today. This is a good move for him and his recovery.

    They do believe that Timmy has an intestinal infection called C-Diff. This unfortunately will limit his visitors due to how contagious it is.

    Yesterday Timmy had the breathing tube removed from his mouth (AMEN!!!!) and he also received a tracheotomy (this is temporary and is still helping him breath). This made him extremely happy as he can now lick his lips and try to communicate a bit better with family – although he is still unable to talk (due to the tracheotomy) he is making great progress now that the tube is not down his throat!

    On Wednesday night towards the end of our prayer vigil we held, we got word that Timmy moved a toe (PRAISE GOD!!). These small miracles are truly incredible. Although he still does not have feeling yet in his legs or left arm we are still counting our blessings and we believe that God will continue to work miracles in his body.

    Last but not least Timmy’s lungs are starting to heal! He was able to be off of the ventilator for 2 hours today and he handled it quite well. This is a huge answer to prayer and we are so thankful that we have all of you to count on for your love, support and prayers.

    Thank you to EVERYONE for every thought, prayer and love you are sending Timmy’s way. Our family can feel the love and we are eternally grateful. Please continue to pray for him, he is not out of the woods yet, but we recognize and thank God for every small miracle in Timmy’s recovery.

  2. Gretchen

    On Jan 2, 2018

    It is good to see his smile. Thank you for the continue prayers.

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