Father and Son Survive After Being Crushed by a Tree: 'It's Nothing Short of a Miracle'

June 19, 2020

The survival of a Nashville father and his 3-year-old son is being hailed as a miracle.

On May 3, Jeff Colvin and his son Judge were hiking and attempted to get home before a storm when a massive tree fell and crushed them, Jeff’s wife, Shelly, wrote on Instagram.

The GoFundMe page set up to help cover the costs of outpatient rehab notes that they "came within an inch of their lives," reported People.

Jeff and Judge both sustained severe injuries when a 75-foot oak tree fell on them.

Due to the impact, Jeff suffered a broken back, 19 shattered ribs, two shattered scapulas, and a punctured lung. Meanwhile, Judge suffered a "severe traumatic brain injury" that put him into a coma for two weeks, the fundraiser notes.

"It's nothing short of a miracle that both survived their injuries, and in Jeff's case, is able to use his legs," Shelly wrote on the page.

Since the accident happened amid the coronavirus pandemic, Shelly wasn’t able to be with Jeff or Judge at the hospital as they didn’t allow visitors.

“Our family having to be apart over the last six weeks with no other visitors has been very tough for us to endure emotionally," she added.

On June 13, both Judge and Jeff were released from the hospital. The family has since reunited and is currently living together in a rental home in Atlanta near the rehab facility.

Still, the family has a long road ahead of them when it comes to long-term therapy and care.

Shelly revealed Judge may have long-term side affects writing, "doctors have warned us that he may have life-long complications from the severity of his injuries."

She noted that the cost of on-going medical expenses “outstretches the resources” they have available.

"It takes all the courage we can muster to ask for your assistance, even while knowing that many of you have already offered and many more are willing. It's overwhelming to consider the encouragement, love, and support we've already received, and we're awestruck by the grace and generosity provided us daily, both in ways we see, and in ways unseen but felt,” she wrote.

Since the fundraiser’s creation on June 13, the family has raised over $160,000.

Shelly promised to return the favor to those who have offered help and support writing, "Your gifts will be paid forward, but our family will be forever indebted to the angels who, we believe, appeared to us even as that tree began to fall, and will stay with us for time eternity.”

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