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State Sen. Garlan Gudger issues first statement from hospital – ‘healing comes from God’

State Sen. Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman) issued a public statement on Sunday from UAB Hospital, where he remains under treatment following a serious Fourth of July jet ski accident that resulted in three fractured vertebrae, six fractured ribs, a punctured lung, and internal bleeding.

He was airlifted to UAB Hospital on Thursday following the accident on Smith Lake in which his personal watercraft was struck from behind by another, and he underwent a brief surgical procedure upon arrival to address the internal bleeding.

The statement from Gudger, a two-term senator who represents portions of Cullman, Marion, and Winston counties, read:

“If it had not been for the bystanders at the dock, the first responders who treated me at lakeside, the emergency helipad that had been installed by Trident Marina, Alabama’s Air Evac Flight Team, and an amazing group of UAB doctors, nurses, and administrators, I am certain that the outcome of this accident would have been much different.

I remain under watch in UAB’s Intensive Care Unit but have been able to walk down the hallway.

The physical recovery will be a difficult one for our family, but it will be made easier by the intercessory prayers being sent by friends, family, constituents, colleagues, and even total strangers who understand that healing comes from God.

At this time, I must focus on getting better and will not be able to accept visitors, but please know how grateful my family and I are for everyone who has reached out to offer help and concern.”

Grayson Everett is the state and political editor for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270

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